La quinina y sus posibles implicaciones toxicológicas. Análisis de aguas tónkas en España

Translated title of the contribution: Quinine potential toxicological implications: Analysis of tonic waters in Spain

Xesús Feás Sánchez, James Robert Brašić, Cristina A. Fente, Alberto Cepeda

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Abstract

Background: Quinine is an alkaloid naturally occurring in the crust of some trees of genus Rubiaceae, traditionally used for the treatment of malaria, seizures, and various infections. In this work we present results of samples tested in Spain, both of the concentration found and labelling, as well as related to the potential implications of quinine on public health. Methods: The content of quinine was analyzed in 11 samples of tonic waters in the Spanish market by liquid chromatography coupled through laser induced fluorescence detection. Results: The method used is characterized by its accuracy, speed and sensitivity. Quinine concentration in beverages is not homogeneous. The labelling does not indicate the quinine content. Conclusions: More specific regulation is needed as well as more information to consumers, especially for certain risk groups.

Translated title of the contributionQuinine potential toxicological implications: Analysis of tonic waters in Spain
Original languageSpanish
Pages (from-to)97-102
Number of pages6
JournalRevista Espanola de Nutricion Comunitaria
Volume15
Issue number2
StatePublished - Apr 1 2009

Keywords

  • Public health
  • Quinine
  • Soft drinks

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine (miscellaneous)
  • Nutrition and Dietetics

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