Cadmium and Lead Levels in Muscle and Edible Offal of Cow Reared in Nigeria

  • J. N. Ihedioha
  • C. O. B. Okoye


The study assessed the concentration of cadmium and lead in the muscle, liver, kidney, intestine and tripe of cow in Nigeria. Results show that the ranges of detectable values of cadmium in mg/kg were 0.01–0.80 in muscle, <0.004–0.90 in liver, 0.10–1.12 in kidney, 0.01–0.90 in intestine and 0.01–1.10 in tripe while for lead, the ranges were <0.005–0.72 in muscle, 0.08–501.79 in liver, 0.04–44.89 in kidney, 0.01–108.02 in intestine and 0.01–127.90 in tripe. Cadmium was accumulated mostly in kidney while Pb accumulated more in liver and both were above international maximum permissible levels in most samples.


Cadmium Lead Cow Nigeria 



We are grateful to Mr Philip of Anal concepts Port-Harcourt for the AAS used in the analysis.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Pure and Industrial ChemistryUniversity of NigeriaNsukkaNigeria

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