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Mercury and methylmercury concentrations in Mediterranean seafood and surface sediments, intake evaluation and risk for consumers.
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PMID:  21968333     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
Total mercury and methylmercury concentrations were measured in sediments and marine organisms from the Taranto Gulf to understand their distribution and partitioning. Sediment concentrations ranged from 0.036 to 7.730mg/kg (mean: 2.777mg/kg d.w.) and from 1 to 40μg/kg (mean: 11μg/kg d.w.) for total mercury (THg) and methylmercury (Me-Hg), respectively. In mollusks THg ranged from n.d. to 1870μg/kg d.w. while in fish from 324 to 1740μg/kg d.w. Me-Hg concentrations in fish ranged from 190 to 1040μg/kg d.w. and from n.d. to 1321μg/kg d.w. in mollusks. THg exceeded the maximum level fixed by the European Commission (0.5mg/kg w.w.) only in gastropod Hexaplex t. The calculated weekly intake was in many cases over the Provisional Tolerable Weekly Intake established by EFSA for all edible species. These results seem to indicate that dietary consumption of this seafood implicates an appreciable risk for human health.
Lucia Spada; Cristina Annicchiarico; Nicola Cardellicchio; Santina Giandomenico; Antonella Di Leo
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Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2011-10-1
Journal Detail:
Title:  International journal of hygiene and environmental health     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1618-131X     ISO Abbreviation:  -     Publication Date:  2011 Oct 
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Created Date:  2011-10-4     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
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Nlm Unique ID:  100898843     Medline TA:  Int J Hyg Environ Health     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
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Copyright © 2011 Elsevier GmbH. All rights reserved.
C.N.R. - Institute for Coastal Marine Environment, Taranto Section, via Roma 3, 74100 Taranto, Italy.
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