Survey results of benzene in soft drinks and other beverages by headspace gas chromatography/mass spectrometry.

@article{Nyman2008SurveyRO,
  title={Survey results of benzene in soft drinks and other beverages by headspace gas chromatography/mass spectrometry.},
  author={Patricia J Nyman and Gregory W Diachenko and Gracia A Perfetti and Timothy P McNeal and Michael H. Hiatt and Kim M Morehouse},
  journal={Journal of agricultural and food chemistry},
  year={2008},
  volume={56 2},
  pages={571-6}
}
Benzene, a carcinogen that can cause cancer in humans, may form at nanogram per gram levels in some beverages containing both benzoate salts and ascorbic or erythorbic acids. Through a series of reactions, a hydroxyl radical forms that can decarboxylate benzoate to form benzene. Elevated temperatures and light stimulate these reactions, while sugar and ethylenediaminetetraacetic acid (EDTA) can inhibit them. A headspace gas chromatography/mass spectrometry method for the determination of… CONTINUE READING
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