Heavy Metals in Canned Tuna from Italian Markets
Source: Journal of Food Protection®, Number 2, February 2013, pp. 190-369 , pp. 355-359(5)
Abstract:Fish is a good source of nutrients for humans but can pose a risk to human health because of the possible presence of some xenobiotics such as heavy metals and persistent organic contaminants. Constant monitoring is needed to minimize health risks and ensure product quality and consumer safety. The aim of the present study was to use atomic absorption spectrometry to determine the concentrations of some heavy metals (Hg, Pb, and Cd) in tuna packaged in different kinds of packages (cans or glass) in various countries (Italy and elsewhere). Concentrations of Cd and Hg were within the limits set by European Commission Regulation (EC) No 1881/2006 and in many samples were below the detection limit. Pb concentrations exceeded European limits in 9.8% of the analyzed samples. These results are reassuring in terms of food safety but highlighted the need to constantly monitor the concentrations of heavy metals in fish products that could endanger consumer health.
Document Type: Research Article
Affiliations: 1: Department of Pathology and Animal Health, Division of Toxicology, University of Naples, Federico II, via Delpino 1, 80137, Naples, Italy 2: Department of Zootechnical Science and Food Inspection, University of Naples, Federico II, via Delpino 1, 80137, Naples, Italy 3: Stazione Sperimentale per l'Industria delle Conserve Alimentari, Sezione Meridionale, Via Nazionale 121/123, 84012, Angri (SA), Italy 4: Department of Pathology and Animal Health, Division of Toxicology, University of Naples, Federico II, via Delpino 1, 80137, Naples, Italy;, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Publication date: 2013-02-01
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