Testing for Heavy Metals

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FoodChain ID conducts comprehensive heavy metal testing for the Big 4 Heavy Metals (lead, cadmium, mercury, and arsenic)

Our food product analysis methods deliver moisture, ash, and mineral analysis data and are of the highest quality and detail to ensure a thorough critical safety check.


Organic as well as inorganic compounds (such as pesticides) can contain arsenic. Arsenic exposure can create increased risks of both carcinogenic and systemic health effects according to epidemiological studies.


Seafood is the main type of food associated with high mercury levels, namely due to a compound called methyl mercury – a compound found in microorganisms that feed off of ocean sediment. Mercury poisoning can create a burning sensation in your throat and create neurotoxic symptoms such as tremors, memory loss, or motor dysfunction


Lead is associated with neurotoxicity, especially in newborns and young children, which is why lead has been banned from usage in products from paint to children’s toys. Traces of lead are very difficult to eliminate from the food supply chain due to its natural absorption in plants. However, over the past 40 years the US FDA has managed to reduce dietary lead levels in 1–3-year-old children by 97%.


Cadmium is found naturally in the earth’s crust. Cadmium exposure is mainly due to smoking cigarettes, however foods such as leafy vegetables, grains, and crustaceans can contain trace elements of cadmium, which are carcinogenic and can be a pulmonary irritant.