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Market basket survey for some heavy metals in Egyptian fruits and vegetables.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  16600459     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
A market basket survey was carried out with the aim to assess the levels of lead (Pb), cadmium (Cd), copper (Cu) and zinc (Zn) in various fruits and vegetables sold in Egyptian markets. Atomic absorption spectrometry was used to estimate and evaluate the levels of these metals. The results of this survey showed that the average concentrations detected were ranged from 0.01 to 0.87, 0.01 to 0.15, 0.83 to 18.3 and 1.36 to 20.9 mg/kg for Pb, Cd, Cu and Zn, respectively. The highest mean levels of Pb, Cd, Cu and Zn were detected in strawberries, cucumber, date and spinach, respectively. The levels of the metals compare with those reported for similar fruits and vegetables from some other parts of the world. The daily intakes of Pb, Cd, Cu and Zn through fruits and vegetables have also been estimated. They are found to be below the recommended tolerable levels proposed by [Joint FAO/WHO Expert Committee on Food Additives 1999. Summary and conclusions. In: 53rd Meeting, Rome, June 1-10, 1999] and may not constitute a health hazards for consumers.
Mohamed A Radwan; Ahmed K Salama
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article     Date:  2006-03-06
Journal Detail:
Title:  Food and chemical toxicology : an international journal published for the British Industrial Biological Research Association     Volume:  44     ISSN:  0278-6915     ISO Abbreviation:  Food Chem. Toxicol.     Publication Date:  2006 Aug 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2006-06-23     Completed Date:  2006-09-19     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8207483     Medline TA:  Food Chem Toxicol     Country:  England    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  1273-8     Citation Subset:  IM    
Pesticide Chemistry Department, Residues Analysis Laboratory, Faculty of Agriculture, University of Alexandria, Aflatoon St. El-Shatby, Alexandria, Egypt.
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MeSH Terms
Cadmium / analysis
Copper / analysis
Food Contamination*
Fruit / chemistry
Lead / analysis
Metals, Heavy / analysis*
Spectrophotometry, Atomic
Vegetables / chemistry
Zinc / analysis
Reg. No./Substance:
0/Metals, Heavy; 7439-92-1/Lead; 7440-43-9/Cadmium; 7440-50-8/Copper; 7440-66-6/Zinc

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