Evaluation of trace heavy metal levels of some fish species sold at retail in Kayseri, Turkey
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Cd, Ni, Cr, Zn, Cu and Pb concentrations of muscle tissue of 61 fish samples belonging to six fish species (Sparus auratus, Pomatomus saltatrix, Sarda sarda, Engraulis encrasicholus, Sander lucioperca, Scomber scombrus) retailed in Kayseri, Turkey were determined by flame atomic absorption spectrometry after wet digestion. Cd concentrations of at least 31 fish samples (50.8%) and Pb concentrations of at least six fish samples (9.8%) exceeded the corresponding Turkish permissible limit of 0.05 and 0.2 mg kg−1 respectively whereas Zn concentrations of 11 fish samples (18%) exceeded the Turkish Food Codex limits of 50 mg kg−1 for Zn. Cu concentrations of all fish species analyzed (100%) were below the corresponding Turkish legislations of 20 mg kg−1. No limits were established concerning Ni and Cr concentrations in fish by the Turkish governmental authorities.
KeywordsTrace elements Fish species Kayseri-Turkey AAS
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