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Research article - Peer-reviewed, 2006

Levels of nitrate in Swedish lettuce and spinach over the past 10 years

Merino L, Darnerud PO, Edberg U, Aman P, Castillo MDP


Monitoring of nitrate in Swedish-produced lettuce and spinach over the past 10 years (1996-2005) showed that more than 95% of the samples were below the maximum levels established by the European Commission in 1997. The good agricultural practices used by Swedish farmers may partly explain these results. Analytical results of organic farming production of lettuce from 2000 showed low nitrate levels compared with conventional production. The 10 years of Swedish experience has shown good compliance with the European Union maximum levels, but even lower nitrate levels may be achieved by organic farming methods, at least regarding fresh lettuce grown under cover

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Food Additives And Contaminants
2006, Volume: 23, number: 12, pages: 1283-1289