Heavy Metal Contents in Beverages Consumed in Korea

국내 유통 음료류 중 유해중금속 함량

  • Kim, Mee-Hye (Department of Food Evaluation, Korea Food and Drug Administration) ;
  • Lee, Yun-Dong (Department of Food Evaluation, Korea Food and Drug Administration) ;
  • Kim, Eun-Joung (Department of Food Evaluation, Korea Food and Drug Administration) ;
  • Chung, So-Young (Department of Food Evaluation, Korea Food and Drug Administration) ;
  • Park, Sung-Kug (Department of Food Evaluation, Korea Food and Drug Administration) ;
  • Lee, Jong-Ok (Department of Food Evaluation, Korea Food and Drug Administration)
  • 김미혜 (식품의약품안전청 식품평가부) ;
  • 이윤동 (식품의약품안전청 식품평가부) ;
  • 김은정 (식품의약품안전청 식품평가부) ;
  • 정소영 (식품의약품안전청 식품평가부) ;
  • 박성국 (식품의약품안전청 식품평가부) ;
  • 이종옥 (식품의약품안전청 식품평가부)
  • Published : 2003.06.01


This study was conducted to examine the contents of heavy metals in beverages and to estimate their intakes. The contents of lead (Pb), cadmium (Cd), arsenic (As), and tin (Sn) were determined in a total of 207 samples of beverages using atomic absorption spectrophotometer(AAS) and inductively coupled plasma spectrometer(ICP). Also a mercury analyzer was utilized for analysis of mercury. The values of heavy metals in beverages were as follows [min-max (mean), mg/kg]; Hg 0.0001-0.0025 (0.0004), As ND-0.0245 (0.0003), Pb ND-0.089 (0.004), Cd ND-0.006 (0.001), Sn ND-45.36 (1.97). Our results were similar to those reported by other countries. Our weekly intakes of heavy metals from beverages take $0.01%{\sim}0.06%$ of PTWI (Provisional Tolerable Weekly Intake) established by FAO/WHO.


heavy metals;beverages;lead;cadmium;mercury


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