A simple separation scheme for the analysis of As, Mn, Mo, Cu and Zn using neutron activation is described. It has been checked
using three standard reference materials, A-11 milk powder (IAEA) and bovine liver and orchard leaves (USNBS) and found to
give acceptable results. This scheme was applied for determination of these trace elements in mature human milk samples. The
concentrations of As, Mn, Mo, Cu in samples obtained from two socio-economic groups—low and middle incomes—were not significantly
different. However, Zn levels in samples obtained from the poor income group were significantly lower than in those obtained
from the other group.