Biological Trace Element Research

, Volume 26, Issue 1, pp 629–635 | Cite as

Determination of selenium in duplicate diets of residents of Pinhel, Portugal, by neutron activation

  • M. F. Reis
  • J. Holzbecher
  • E. Martinho
  • A. Chatt
Trace Element Composition of Biological Materials


A rapid cyclic instrumental neutron activation analysis (CINAA) method has been used to determine the selenium content of 27 duplicate diet samples from each of the 27 districts surrounding Pinhel, Portugal. The accuracy and precision of the CINAA method have been evaluated by analyzing certified reference materials and observed to be within ±5–10% for samples containing at least 40 ppb of selenium. The detection limit has been found to vary between 26–42 ppb selenium depending on the sample composition. The average daily dietary intake has been calculated as 37 μg of selenium per day.

Index Entries

Selenium food neutron activation analysis 


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© Humana Press Inc. 1990

Authors and Affiliations

  • M. F. Reis
    • 1
    • 2
  • J. Holzbecher
    • 1
  • E. Martinho
    • 2
  • A. Chatt
    • 1
  1. 1.Trace Analysis Research Centre, Department of ChemistryDalhousie UniversityHalifaxCanada
  2. 2.Laboratorio Nacional de Engenharia e Technologia IndustrialSacavemPortugal

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