Determination of heavy metals (Cadmium, Chromium, Copper, Lead and Nickel) in slimming teas by using atomic absorption spectroscopy / Erina Asmawani Abu Bakar

Abu Bakar, Erina Asmawani (2008) Determination of heavy metals (Cadmium, Chromium, Copper, Lead and Nickel) in slimming teas by using atomic absorption spectroscopy / Erina Asmawani Abu Bakar. Degree thesis, Universiti Teknologi MARA.

Abstract

Slimming tea is one of the many popular Asia herbal products. The presence of
heavy metals in the slimming tea has received special attention because they are
directly related to health. Six slimming teas from different brands and countries
which were two slimming tea products from local, two from Indonesia and
another two from China were used in this project. All samples were treated
using acid digestion method and concentration of Cd, Cr, Cu, Pb and Ni were
determined by using Atomic Absorption Spectroscopy. The result of analysis
showed that the content of Cr in all slimming tea samples ranged between 4.900
and 31.350 mg/kg which the lowest content found in sample (X), a product
from Malaysia and highest content of Cr was found in sample (3) which was
product from China respectively. The levels of Cd in the slimming tea samples
were between 2.500 and 3.850 mg/kg which the lowest level of Cd was found
in sample (X) which product from Malaysia and highest from sample (Z) which
is China product. The Cd value in all samples was higher than maximum
permitted proportion of metal contaminants in specified food Malaysia, 1985
(regulation 38) which is 1.0 mg/kg. Analysis of Cu content in slimming tea
samples indicated that the mean value of copper ranged between 2.150 and
18.600 mg/kg. The lowest value of Cu was found in sample (2) and the highest
in sample (Y) and both of samples were from Indonesia. Ni in the slimming tea
sample was in the range of 1.100 to 11.850 mg/kg. The lowest Ni content was
found in sample (2) which product from Indonesia and highest in sample (Z)
which is China product. For the Pb analysis, the absorbance measurements for
all samples were too low which means that the Pb concentrations were non
detectable.

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Item Type: Thesis (Degree)
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Abu Bakar, Erina Asmawani
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Subjects: Q Science > QD Chemistry
Divisions: Universiti Teknologi MARA, Shah Alam > Faculty of Applied Sciences
Keywords: Slimming tea, Herbs, Heavy metals
Date: 2008
URI: https://ir.uitm.edu.my/id/eprint/822
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