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Assessment of inorganic contaminants and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons in teas

Grant number: 12/19142-7
Support type:Regular Research Grants
Duration: March 01, 2013 - February 28, 2015
Field of knowledge:Agronomical Sciences - Food Science and Technology - Food Science
Principal Investigator:Marcelo Antonio Morgano
Grantee:Marcelo Antonio Morgano
Home Institution: Instituto de Tecnologia de Alimentos (ITAL). Agência Paulista de Tecnologia dos Agronegócios (APTA). Secretaria de Agricultura e Abastecimento (São Paulo - Estado). Campinas , SP, Brazil
Assoc. researchers: Elisabete Segantini Saron ; Monica Cristiane Rojo de Camargo ; Silvia Amelia Verdiani Tfouni


Tea is one of the world's oldest beverages, traditionally consumed due to their biological properties, such as the antioxidant activity given by polyphenols. However, studies have reported the presence of potentially toxic substances in tea, such as inorganic contaminants and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (HPAs). Since the consumption of tea is growing in Brazil and data regarding the quality of the product marketed domestically are still scarce, the aim of this project is develop and validate analytical methods for determination of inorganic contaminants and PAHs in teas and evaluate the presence of these compounds in products available in the Brazilian market. In the case of arsenic, a method for arsenic speciation will also be developed. Additionally, intake estimates studies of these contaminants will be performed to assess the safety of this type of product. The contaminants will be analyzed by ICP-MS and HPLC-FLD. This project also includes the development of a new line of research related to arsenic speciation, using LC-ICP-MS technique. This study is very important, since some heavy metals can be accumulated in the body over time, and inorganic contaminants and PAHs may present carcinogenic potential. (AU)

Scientific publications (5)
(References retrieved automatically from Web of Science and SciELO through information on FAPESP grants and their corresponding numbers as mentioned in the publications by the authors)
MILANI, RAQUEL FERNANDA; SILVESTRE, LETICIA KIS; MORGANO, MARCELO ANTONIO; CADORE, SOLANGE. Investigation of twelve trace elements in herbal tea commercialized in Brazil. JOURNAL OF TRACE ELEMENTS IN MEDICINE AND BIOLOGY, v. 52, p. 111-117, 2019. Web of Science Citations: 1.
MILANI, RAQUEL FERNANDA; DE PAIVA, ESTHER LIMA; PERON, LEANDRO IAGE; MORGANO, MARCELO ANTONIO; CADORE, SOLANGE. Arsenic species in herbal tea leaves and infusions determination by HPLC-ICP-MS. LWT-FOOD SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY, v. 98, p. 606-612, DEC 2018. Web of Science Citations: 3.
TFOUNI, SILVIA A. V.; REIS, RAQUEL M.; KAMIKATA, KAMILLE; GOMES, FERNANDA M. L.; MORGANO, MARCELO A.; FURLANI, REGINA P. Z. Polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons in teas using QuEChERS and HPLC-FLD. FOOD ADDITIVES & CONTAMINANTS PART B-SURVEILLANCE, v. 11, n. 2, p. 146-152, 2018. Web of Science Citations: 4.
MILANI, RAQUEL F.; MORGANO, MARCELO A.; CADORE, SOLANGE. Trace elements in Camellia sinensis marketed in southeastern Brazil: Extraction from tea leaves to beverages and dietary exposure. LWT-FOOD SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY, v. 68, p. 491-498, MAY 2016. Web of Science Citations: 13.
MILANI, RAQUEL F.; MORGANO, MARCELO A.; SARON, ELISABETE S.; SILVA, FABIO F.; CADORE, SOLANGE. Evaluation of Direct Analysis for Trace Elements in Tea and Herbal Beverages by ICP-MS. Journal of the Brazilian Chemical Society, v. 26, n. 6, p. 1211-1217, JUN 2015. Web of Science Citations: 15.

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