What is Cadmium?

Cadmium, known by its symbol Cd and atomic number 48 in the periodic table, is a silvery-white, soft metal. While it is relatively rare in the earth’s crust, it can be found in various mineral ores and rocks. Industries extensively utilize Cadmium as an additive in the production of batteries, alloys, coatings, pigments, plastics, and it may also be present in fertilizers and pesticides.

Contamination towards argicultural products can occur through soil and water. Elevated levels of Cadmium in the soil can result from nearby mining or industrial processes and the use of specific fertilizers. As plants grow, they absorb Cadmium from the soil, allowing this contamination to enter the food chain. Contamination can also occur from contaminated water, both from the source of irrigation and from natural water bodies. Foods that are highly exposed to contamination are leafy vegetables like spinach, lettuce, and kale, grains and cereals like rice, wheat, and barley. Additionally, seafood, especially shellfish and mollusks, can also contain elevated levels of cadmium if harvested from contaminated waters.

Cadmium is a toxic heavy metal that can pose health risks such as kidney damage, bone problems, respiratory problems as well as having a carcinogenic effect. Therefore, the European Union has set maximum levels for cadmium in the EU Commission Regulation 2023/915 on maximum levels for certain contaminants in food.

At GALAB we can accurately determine the cadmium levels in your food products using ICP-MS.

Parameters & Analytical Methods

  • State-of-the-Art Analysis

    We constantly update our spectrum of parameters to the latest developments in the food analysis sector and offer state-of-the-art analytical methods for the safety of your products.

  • Comprehensive multi-methods

    We are constantly expanding our range of services in order to be able to guarantee you a comprehensive range of analyses. We offer multi-methods for mycotoxins, dioxin analysis or molecular biological analysis for GMOs and allergens. The GALAB Pesticide500Plus® multi-method can even be used for difficult matrices such as spices and herbs.

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