Heavy Metals

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Root and tuber vegetables should also be tested for Heavy Metals (e.g. Cadmium, Lead, Mercury etc). Limits for Heavy Metal contaminants are defined in the Food Standards Code. Traces of heavy metals can also be found in soils, water and growing medium.

Coles are now requiring all fruit and vegetables which are being supplied to them to be tested for Lead (Pb) levels; and also for Leafy Vegetables and Root Vegetables to be tested for Cadmium (Cd).

Standard Test Types

  • AM2 – Cadmium, Lead and Mercury (Standard test for root crops)
  • AM4 – Lead (Coles requirement for all fresh produce)

Additional Tests

  • AM1 – Cadmium
  • AM3 – Arsenic

Note: Other specific metal compounds can be tested upon request