Trace Elements in Food: Nutritional and Safety Issues

A special issue of Foods (ISSN 2304-8158). This special issue belongs to the section "Food Quality and Safety".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 13 September 2024 | Viewed by 113

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1. LAQV/REQUIMTE, Department of Chemical Sciences, Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Porto, 4050-313 Porto, Portugal
2. Associate Laboratory i4HB-Institute for Health and Bioeconomy, University Institute of Health Sciences-CESPU, 4585-116 Gandra, Portugal
3. UCIBIO-Applied Molecular Biosciences Unit, Forensics and Biomedical Sciences Research Laboratory, University Institute of Health Sciences (1H-TOXRUN, IUCS-CESPU), 4585-116 Gandra, Portugal
Interests: food; water; soil; flora; trace elements; environmental monitoring
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1. Department of Biomedicine–Unit of Biochemistry, Faculty of Medicine, University of Porto, Al. Prof. Hernâni Monteiro, 4200-319 Porto, Portugal
2. CINTESIS@RISE, Faculty of Medicine, University of Porto, 4200-319 Porto, Portugal
Interests: nutrition; metabolism; pregnancy; fetal programing; micronutrientes
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Special Issue Information


  • The introduction of new analytical techniques enhances the knowledge of ultra-trace elements in both food and food packaging;
  • Trace element speciation is becoming fundamental for a better knowledge on nutritional and safety issues;
  • Food data on TE provides the tools for legislators to set maximum acceptable limits for certain relevant species.

Dear Colleagues,

Trace elements are toxic if consumed at sufficiently high levels for long enough periods; hence, knowledge on trace and ultra-trace levels in food matrices and food contact materials is critical. This Special Issue aims to gather research studies for a comprehensive coverage of all aspects related to nutritional and safety concerns, such as a safe range of daily intakes, availability, food supplements, food stability, packaging, metallic nanoparticles, etc. We invite you to submit original papers that will contribute to potential topics including (but not limited to) sample preparation and analytical techniques for trace and ultra-trace determination, availability studies, speciation and regulatory requirements in food sectors, health safety and human biomonitoring.

Prof. Dr. Cristina Couto
Prof. Dr. Elisa Keating
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 2900 CHF (Swiss Francs). Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI's English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.


  • trace elements
  • nutrients
  • safety
  • toxicity
  • foods

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