AIDASA, Italian Association for Food Protection and Environmental Hygiene, Institute of Entomology and Plant Pathology, Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, Via Emilia Parmense, 84, I29100 Piacenza, Italy.
Arsenic, Cadmium and Lead in Beers from the Italian Market
Version of Record online: 9 OCT 2012
2008 The Institute of Brewing & Distilling
Journal of the Institute of Brewing
Volume 114, Issue 4, pages 283–288, 2008
How to Cite
Donadini, G., Spalla, S. and Beone, G.M. (2008), Arsenic, Cadmium and Lead in Beers from the Italian Market. Jnl Institute Brewing, 114: 283–288. doi: 10.1002/j.2050-0416.2008.tb00770.x
- Issue online: 9 OCT 2012
- Version of Record online: 9 OCT 2012
Nineteen beer brands from the Italian market were surveyed for the presence of arsenic, cadmium and lead in January of 2007. Detection was performed by means of inductively coupled plasma-mass spectrometry (ICP-MS). Average arsenic content was 10.82±5.54 μg/L, while cadmium (0.16±0.15 μg/L) and lead (1.84±3.24 μg/L) were significantly lower (P<0.05). Overall, this survey indicated that beer may contribute heavy metals to the diet. Nevertheless, the dietary exposure to these contaminants is unlikely to constitute a hazard to the consumer's health due to the low level of contamination found and to the low annual per capita consumption of beer in Italy.