Keeping our kids safe and healthy
Low levels of perchlorate in our diet will have little short-term effect for healthy adults. For children, however, the negative effect on brain development can be considerable.
Perchlorate directly effects the uptake of iodine by the thyroid. In adults, this can have an effect on your metabolism. Of course the effects of, putting on a little weight, or losing a little are reversible once the source of this change has been diagnosed.
In babies and children, however the thyroid has a direct effect on the development of the brain. For this reason, upper limits of perchlorate in drinking water and foods have been limited to varying levels around the world.
Analysis of perchlorate
Metrohm Ion Chromatography provides a number of options for analysis of perchlorate depending on the limit of detection required.
Ion chromatography using conductivity as detection, either as a direct analysis, or with the assistance of a cutting technique , is suitable for the majority of perchlorate applications.
At lower levels, ion chromatography can be paired with an MS to provide accurate, reliable analysis of water.