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BZU Testing Laboratories Concludes 1st Phase of Study on Mercury Contamination of Products - News

October 10, 2011
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BZU Testing Laboratories concluded the first phase of a scientific study, which is the first of its kind in Palestine, on mercury contamination of local and imported products. The study mainly focused on tracing levels of mercury in a wide range of samples of food products in the Palestinian market, especially canned food, candy, and different types of fish and animal food.  The study also traced mercury in various types of cosmetics, as well as soil and water samples. The Canadian International Relief Fund for the Afflicted and Needy (IRFAN) donated the Automated Mercury Analyzer used in the study, which is the only device of its kind in Palestine.

Preliminary results showed that most of the tested food products are free from mercury traces, while some cosmetic products contain high levels of mercury.

Mercury is a hazardous substance that accumulates in the human body as a result of repeated consumption, thus the body cannot purge it easily. Numerous scientific studies have confirmed that mercury affects the nervous system and leads to memory loss and skin infection, among many other side effects.

It is worth noting here that the work of BZU Testing Laboratories is directed towards serving the Palestinian community. The Testing Laboratories also work in collaboration with specialized and qualified local and international agencies in conducting tests and research.

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