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NUNES, Adriane M. et al. Determination of Ca, Cu, Fe and Mg in fresh and processed meat treated with tetramethylammonium hydroxide by atomic absorption spectrometry. J. Braz. Chem. Soc. [online]. 2011, vol.22, n.10, pp.1850-1857. ISSN 0103-5053.

A simple method for treating fresh and processed meat with tetramethylammonium hydroxide (TMAH) is proposed for the determination of Ca, Fe and Mg by flame atomic absorption spectrometry (FAAS) and Cu by graphite furnace atomic absorption spectrometry (GFAAS). The accuracy was evaluated by comparison of the results by using two other sample preparation procedures and by the analysis of certified reference materials. No significant differences between the results were found at the 95% confidence level. Limits of detection for Ca, Cu, Fe and Mg were 45.0, 0.2, 16.0 and 0.3 µg g-1, respectively. High-resolution continuum source graphite furnace atomic absorption spectrometry (HR-CS GFAAS) was employed to evaluate the spectral interference in the determination of Cu. However, no interference was found. The proposed method is simple, fast and reliable for meat products analysis and does not require especial equipment, neither strong acid for sample preparation.

Keywords : tetramethylammonium hydroxide; fresh and processed meat; atomic absorption spectrometry; trace metals.

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