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Trace element measurement for assessment of dog food safety.

Updated: May 9, 2020

DATE: 2017


CITATION: De Nadai Fernandes, E.A., Elias, C., Bacchi, M.A. et al. Trace element measurement for assessment of dog food safety. Environ Sci Pollut Res25, 2045–2050 (2018).


The quality of dog diets depends on adequate ingredients capable of providing optimal nutrition and free of contaminants, for promoting long-term health. Trace elements in 95 samples of dry food for dog puppies (n = 32) and adults (n = 63) of various brands were measured using instrumental neutron activation analysis (INAA). The mass fractions of most elements were within the permissible limits for dogs. Aluminum, antimony, and uranium presented fairly high levels in some samples, which may imply health risks. Aluminum mass fractions ranged from <21 to 11,900 mg/kg, in same brand, super-premium dog food. Antimony mass fractions ranged up to 5.14 mg/kg, with the highest values measured in six samples of dog food from the same producer. The mass fractions of uranium was found up to 4 mg/kg in commercial brands from five different producers.


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