ISO 21033:2016 specifies an inductively coupled plasma optical emission spectroscopic method (ICP-OES) for the determination of the trace element content in oils. Depending on the dilution solvent used, most types of vegetable oils can be analysed (crude, degummed, refined, bleached, deodorized and hardened oils) and nearly all types of lecithins and phosphatides. Milk and milk products (or fat coming from milk and milk products) are excluded from the scope of this International Standard.
This method is only suitable when the elements are present in a solubilized form. Fine particles, such as bleaching earth, metal particles and rust, can result in poor recovery of the trace elements present as nebulization and atomization problems affect the ICP-OES analysis.
NOTE The only suitable non-ashing direct method for samples containing fine particles is graphite furnace atomic absorption spectrometry.
Status: PublishedPublication date: 2016-05
Edition: 1Number of pages: 13
Technical Committee: ISO/TC 34/SC 11 Animal and vegetable fats and oils
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