Trace element measurement for assessment of dog food safety

Peter Bode, E.A. De Nadai Fernandes, Camila Elias, Marcio Bacchi

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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.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2045–2050
Number of pages6
JournalEnvironmental Science and Pollution Research
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2017


  • Aluminum
  • Antimony
  • Uranium
  • Food safety
  • Zeolites
  • Phosphate rocks


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