Trace metals in soft and durum wheat from Italy.

  title={Trace metals in soft and durum wheat from Italy.},
  author={Marcelo Enrique Conti and Francesco Cubadda and Marina Carcea},
  journal={Food additives and contaminants},
  volume={17 1},
A survey was carried out with the aim to assess the levels of some toxic (cadmium, lead) and essential (copper, zinc) trace metals in wheat grown in Italy. A total of 178 samples of soft wheat grain and 239 samples of durum wheat grain from all the Italian wheat-growing regions were pooled into 35 and 38 representative samples respectively. After dry ashing, cadmium and lead were determined by graphite furnace atomic absorption spectrometry (GFAAS), whereas copper and zinc were determined by… CONTINUE READING