Twentythree samples of leaf lettuce (Lactuca sativa var.crispa) cultivated in private gardens in southern Finland were analyzed for polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAH) and derivatives. The total PAH concentrations varied from 4.8 to 94 μg/kg fresh weight. Nitro derivatives of PAH were detected in only five samples. One lettuce sample was also analyzed for PAH oxy-derivatives. 9H-Fluoren-9-one (1.3 μg/kg) and 6H-benzo[cd]pyren-6-one (0.3 μg/kg) were found.
The profiles of PAH in lettuce were compared with those in ambient air. It was concluded that PAH in lettuce originate from deposition of PAH-containing particles present in ambient air.
|Journal||Zeitschrift für Lebensmittel-Untersuchung und -Forschung|
|Publication status||Published - 1986|
|MoE publication type||A1 Journal article-refereed|