Lead and arsenic in food contact paper

An article published on December 4, 2018, in the peer-reviewed journal Food Additives & Contaminants: Part A, by Se-Jong Park and colleagues from the Food Additives and Packaging Division, National Institute of Food and Drug Safety Evaluation, Cheongju, Republic of Korea, reported on the migration of lead (Pb) and arsenic (As) from food contact paper.

The scientists analyzed 310 samples that included “14 disposable bags, 45 bakewares, 64 boxes, 14 coffee filters, 46 containers, 42 cups, 24 liquid-packaging boards, 26 plates, and 35 wrapping papers . . . collected from local markets across Korea.” Migration experiments were performed using 4% acetic acid as a food simulant at 25 °C for 10 min[utes] and at 95 °C for 30 min[utes].” Concentrations of migrating Pb and As were measured by inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry.

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