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Mercury and methylmercury contamination in Mytilus galloprovincialis from Taranto Gulf (Ionian Sea, Southern Italy): risk evaluation for consumers.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  20728495     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Total mercury (THg) and methylmercury (Me-Hg) concentrations were determined in mussels (Mytilus galloprovincialis) from 10 stations located in the Mar Piccolo of Taranto (Ionian Sea, Taranto Gulf) an important semi-enclosed basin in Italy, devoted to mussel culture activities. The obtained results show that THg and Me-Hg concentrations ranged from 0.236 to 0.559 μg g(-1) d.w. and from 0.066 to 0.155 μg g(-1) d.w., respectively. Consequently, the Me-Hg/THg ratios ranged from 17% to 49%. The dietary intake of THg and Me-Hg were studied among children and adults from Taranto (Southern Italy). The estimated weekly intake for THg and Me-Hg was below the Provisional Tolerable Weekly Intake (PTWI) established by European Food Safety Autority (EFSA) for all sampled mussels, though their consumption provides a THg intake in children near the PTWI.
A Di Leo; N Cardellicchio; S Giandomenico; L Spada
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article     Date:  2010-08-20
Journal Detail:
Title:  Food and chemical toxicology : an international journal published for the British Industrial Biological Research Association     Volume:  48     ISSN:  1873-6351     ISO Abbreviation:  Food Chem. Toxicol.     Publication Date:  2010 Nov 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2010-10-11     Completed Date:  2011-01-25     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8207483     Medline TA:  Food Chem Toxicol     Country:  England    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  3131-6     Citation Subset:  IM    
Copyright Information:
Copyright © 2010 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
CNR-Institute for Coastal Marine Environment, Taranto Section, Taranto, Italy.
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MeSH Terms
Environmental Exposure / adverse effects,  analysis
Environmental Monitoring
Food Contamination*
Mercury / analysis,  metabolism*
Methylmercury Compounds / analysis,  metabolism*
Mytilus / chemistry,  metabolism*
Risk Assessment
Seafood / adverse effects*,  analysis
Reg. No./Substance:
0/Methylmercury Compounds; 7439-97-6/Mercury

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