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The studies performed on mercury in the food chain affirm that fish products are the main route of exposure to this element for man. The Environment Institute of the Joint Research Centre Ispra, in close collaboration with the national laboratories of the Mediterranean Countries, undertook to include the analysis of mercury in fish products in the AQUACON - Medbas (analytical quality control and assessment studies in the Mediterranean basin) project. The project's target is the identification, quantification and detection of measurement errors in environmental analyses. This aim is reached by examining all the phases of the analytical process including sampling, which may determine a large part of the method error. For this purpose a standard solution in nitric acid, two freeze-dried samples (one of tuna fish and one of mussels) and two solutions obtained from the mineralisation of the two freeze-dried samples, were prepared and then analysed. The results are presented and discussed in this publication.

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Authors: BIANCHI M, ULSS 12, Presidio Multizonale di Prevenzione, Venezia (IT);ZILLI D, ULSS 12, Presidio Multizonale di Prevenzione, Venezia (IT);MUNTAU H, ULSS 12, Presidio Multizonale di Prevenzione, Venezia (IT);BORTOLI A, JRC Ispra (IT);GEROTTO M, JRC Ispra (IT)
Bibliographic Reference: EUR 17695 EN (1997) 28pp., FS, free of charge
Availability: Available from the Public Relations and Publications Unit, JRC Ispra, I-21020 Ispra (IT), Fax: +39-332-785818
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