Inorganic elements in sugar samples consumed in several countries

  • Paula M. B. SallesEmail author
  • Maria Ângela de B. C. Menezes
  • Radojko Jaćimović
  • Tarcísio P. R. Campos


Sugar is considered safe food ingredient, however, it can present inorganic elements as impurities uptake during cultivation and production process. Therefore, this study aimed at identifies the presence of these elements in granulated and brown sugar samples available for consumption in public places in several countries. The neutron activation technique applying the methodology to analyse larger samples, 5 g-sample, established at CDTN/CNEN based on k 0-method was used to determine the elemental concentrations. Several essential and non-essential elements were determined in a large range of concentrations. The results are discussed comparing to maximum values foreseen in the international and Brazilian legislations.


k0-method Larger sample Sugar Neutron activation analysis 



The authors thank CAPES/CNPq and CDTN/CNEN for supporting this research project.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Nuclear Engineering (Departamento de Engenharia Nuclear)Federal University of Minas Gerais (UFMG)Belo HorizonteBrazil
  2. 2.Division for Analytical Techniques, Laboratory for Neutron Activation AnalysisNuclear Technology Development Centre, Brazilian Commission for Nuclear Energy, CDTN/CNENBelo HorizonteBrazil
  3. 3.Department of Environmental SciencesJožef Stefan InstituteLjubljanaSlovenia

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