Environmental Monitoring and Assessment

, Volume 109, Issue 1, pp 181–187

Determination of Heavy Metals in Honey in Kahramanmaraş City, Turkey


DOI: 10.1007/s10661-005-5848-2

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Erbilir, F. & Erdoĝrul, Ö. Environ Monit Assess (2005) 109: 181. doi:10.1007/s10661-005-5848-2


Heavy metals in honey are of interest not only for quality control, but also for determination environmental contamination. The objective of this work was to determine distribution of the levels of selected heavy metals. Levels of copper (Cu), cadmium (Cd), manganese (Mn), Iron (Fe), magnesium (Mg) and nickel (Ni) in honey samples (21) in Kahramanmaraş region were determined by atomic absorption spectrometer (AAS). The mean values for Cu, Cd, Mn, Fe, and Mg were 0.01, 0.32, 0.03, 0.36 and 10.45 ppm, respectively. Nickel was not detected in honey samples. Kahramanmaraş honey samples were not free of heavy metals but the levels of them were found well below the permitted levels. The results suggested that honey may be useful for assessing the presence of environmental contaminants.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Food Engineering, Faculty of AgricultureUniversity of Kahramanmaraş Sütçü İmamKahramanmaraşTurkey
  2. 2.Department of Food Engineering, Faculty of AgricultureUniversity of Kahramanmaraş Sütç ImamKahramanmaraşTurkey