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Journal of Radioanalytical and Nuclear Chemistry

, Volume 321, Issue 3, pp 927–933 | Cite as

Exposure risk assessment of uranium intake of the milk products from the region of Pernambuco, Brazil

  • Romilton dos Santos AmaralEmail author
  • José Araújo dos Santos Júnior
  • Fabiana da Silva Aquino
  • Bruno de Albuquerque Amaral
  • Zahily Herrero Fernández
  • Mariana Brayner Cavalcanti Freire Bezerra
  • Arykerne Nascimento Casado da Silva
  • Djalma Cordeiro dos Santos
  • Josineide Marques do Nascimento Santos
  • Alberto Antônio da Silva
  • Filipe Lopes de Barros Correia
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Abstract

In a project sponsored by the NUCLEBRÁS, were mapped uraniferous anomalies in the municipalities of Pedra and Venturosa, in the rural region of Pernambuco, Brazil. As these municipalities are the main milk producers in this State, it was of interest in this work to investigate the levels of natural uranium in milk, curdled cheese and milk whey, produced by the cattle in these districts and nearby areas. Conventional uranium fluorimetry was used for analyses. The concentrations of uranium were higher in the milk whey. The milk and cheese produced in this area are insufficient to produce toxicity in the kidneys of humans.

Keywords

Cheese Health Ingestion Milk Uranium 

Notes

Acknowledgements

The authors express their gratitude to the Laboratory of Radioecology and Environmental Control of the Department of Nuclear Energy (UFPE) for the provided infrastructure; the Pro-Rectorate for Research and Graduate Studies (PROPESQ) of UFPE for the financial assistance granted by Qualis A 2018; the Foundation for Support to Science and Technology of the State of Pernambuco (FACEPE) for the postdoctoral fellowship granted to one of the co-authors (project BFP-0009-3.09/17); the Coordination for the Improvement of Higher Education Personnel (CAPES) and the National Council for Scientific and Technological Development (CNPq) for doctoral fellowships awarded to co-authoring students (140513/2018-3, 145566/2014-2).

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Romilton dos Santos Amaral
    • 1
    Email author
  • José Araújo dos Santos Júnior
    • 1
  • Fabiana da Silva Aquino
    • 1
  • Bruno de Albuquerque Amaral
    • 1
  • Zahily Herrero Fernández
    • 1
  • Mariana Brayner Cavalcanti Freire Bezerra
    • 1
  • Arykerne Nascimento Casado da Silva
    • 1
  • Djalma Cordeiro dos Santos
    • 2
  • Josineide Marques do Nascimento Santos
    • 1
  • Alberto Antônio da Silva
    • 1
    • 3
  • Filipe Lopes de Barros Correia
    • 1
  1. 1.Grupo de Radioecologia (RAE), Departamento de Energia Nuclear (DEN), Centro de Tecnologia e Geociências (CTG)Universidade Federal de Pernambuco (UFPE)RecifeBrazil
  2. 2.Companhia Pernambucana de Pesquisas Agropecuárias (IPA)Governo do Estado de PernambucoArcoverdeBrazil
  3. 3.Departamento de PetroquímicaInstituto Federal de Pernambuco (IFPE)IpojucaBrazil

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