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Heavy Metals in Mussels (Mytilus galloprovincialis) from the Ionian Sea, Italy

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Concentrations of six heavy metals (Hg, Pb, Cd, Cr, Zn, and Sn) were determined in mussels (Mytilus galloprovincialis) collected between June and September 1997 from 10 locations along a sound formed by two inlets (Mar Piccolo) near the Gulf of Taranto (Ionian Sea, Italy). The average concentrations of the heavy metals found in mussels samples were 0.15 mg/kg for Hg, 1.19 mg/kg for Pb, 0.64 mg/kg for Cd, 0.31 mg/kg for Cr, 5.15 mg/kg for Zn, and 0.54 mg/kg for Sn. The concentrations of heavy metals in mussels from the first inlet did not differ greatly from those observed in mussels from the second inlet. The concentrations of heavy metals in the mussels analyzed were below acceptable levels for human consumption.

Document Type: Short Communication

Affiliations: Istituto di Chimica, Facoltà di Medicina Veterinaria, Università di Bari, Strada Prov. Per Casamassima, Casella Postale 44, Km 3, 70010 Valenzano (BA), Italia

Publication date: February 1, 2000

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