Analytical methods - Se

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The concentration of Selenium in most foods is low; therefore, accurate determination requires a sensitive analytical method and freedom from contamination. Inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry (ICP-MS) EuroFIR Method Indicator MI1209 is the most reliable method preceded by wet digestion MI1018 or pressure digestion (Link).


Method feature is described in EN 14627:2005- Foodstuffs - Determination of trace elements - Determination of total arsenic and selenium by hydride generation atomic absorption spectrometry (HGAAS) after pressure digestion. Other methods are available: AOAC (AOAC 986.15) and CODEX. Southgate and Greenfield Book.


Recently papers were published for selenium determination Elene P. Et al, 2008; Govasmark, et al., 2007, Pacquette et al., 2011.