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Title: Method development for the simultaneous determination of methylmercury and inorganic mercury in seafood
Author: Zmozinski, Ariane V.
Carneado Moreno, Sergio
Ibáñez Palomino, Carmen
Sahuquillo Estrugo, Àngels
López Sánchez, José Fermín
Da Silva, Márcia M.
Keywords: Mercuri
Tests de toxicitat
Química analítica
Toxicity testing
Analytical chemistry
Issue Date: 9-Jun-2014
Publisher: University College London, Faculty of Mathematical and Physical Sciences, Department of Mathematics
Abstract: This paper reports the method development for the simultaneous determination of methylmercury MeHgþ) and inorganic mercury (iHg) species in seafood samples. The study focused on the extraction and quantification of MeHgþ (the most toxic species) by liquid chromatography coupled to on-line UV irradiation and cold vapour atomic fluorescence spectroscopy (LC-UV-CV-AFS), using HCl 4 mol/L as the extractant agent. Accuracy of the method has been verified by analysing three certified reference materials and different spiked samples. The values found for total Hg and MeHgþ for the CRMs did not differ significantly from certified values at a 95% confidence level, and recoveries between 85% and 97% for MeHgþ, based on spikes, were achieved. The detection limits (LODs) obtained were 0.001 mg Hg/kg for total mercury, 0.0003 mg Hg/kg for MeHgþ and 0.0004 mg Hg/kg for iHg. The quantification limits (LOQs) established were 0.003 mg Hg/kg for total mercury, 0.0010 mg Hg/kg for MeHgþ and 0.0012 mg Hg/kg for iHg. Precision for each mercury species was established, being 12% in terms of RSD in all cases. Finally, the developed method was applied to 24 seafood samples from different origins and total mercury contents. The concentrations for Total Hg, MeHg and iHg ranged from 0.07 to 2.33, 0.003-2.23 and 0.006-0.085 mg Hg/kg, respectively. The established analytical method allows to obtain results for mercury speciation in less than 1 one hour including both, sample pretreatment and measuring step.
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It is part of: Food Control, 2014, vol. 46, p. 351-359
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ISSN: 0956-7135
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