The Determination of Heavy Metals and Trace Elements in Meats and Meat Prodcts Found In Lagos State
Journal of Pollution and Public Health
Introduction The concentration of heavy metals (Pb, Cr, Cd) and trace elements (Zn, Cu, Mg) were evaluated in a variety of cow meat, goat meat and their organs. Methods The analysis was done using Atomic Absorption Spectrophotometry (AAS). Results The concentration of the heavy metals were in these range: Pb (0.06-1.44 μg/g), Cr (0.04-0.22μg/g), Cd (0.002- 0.08μg/g), As (0.02 – 0.03μg/g). The concentration of the trace elements were in these range: Zn (0.15-3.16 μg/g), Co (0.21-0.38 μg/g), Cu (0.011-0.073μg/g), Mg (0.2–2.72 μg/g). Discussion The concentration of arsenic in all samples examined was negligible indicating that the samples were free from arsenic toxicity. The concentration of the other heavy metals examined were below the permissible limit of the WHO. This shows that most of our meat products together with their organs were free from heavy metal toxicity. However, cow liver shows a high concentration of lead but still below the tolerance limit. Conclusion The government shuld pay more attention to regular screening of meat for the safety of the populace.
Research Subject Categories::NATURAL SCIENCES::Chemistry::Biochemistry , WHO , Zinc , Magnesium , Lead , Cadmium
Bolawa, O.E., Amusan, O. (2018). The Determination of Heavy Metals and Trace Elements in Meats and Meat Prodcts Found In Lagos State. Journal of Pollution and Public Health. http;//doi.org/17.2018/1.10008