Study of Cd Content Distribution and Its Bioaccessibility in Edible Tissues of Crab Portunus trituberculatus from the Coastal Area of Shandong, China

  • Yanfang Zhao
  • Xuming KangEmail author
  • Derong Shang
  • Yuxiu Zhai
  • Jinsong Ning
  • Haiyan Ding
  • Xiaofeng Sheng


Bioaccessibility study is of great significance to the health risk assessment of trace elements in the seafood. In this work, the most consumed crab (Portunus trituberculatus) in coastal area of Shandong, China was analyzed to study the distribution and the bioaccessibility of cadmium (Cd) in the edible tissues of crab, and the dietary risk from consumption of crab was also evaluated. Results showed that the content of Cd in the whole edible tissues of 109 crab specimens ranged from 0.052 to 8.89 mg/kg ww (wet weight) with mean of 2.26 mg/kg ww. The Cd content in 85% of the crab samples was higher than the national food safety limits (0.5 mg/kg ww) of China. The gender study indicated that there was no significant difference in Cd content in total edible tissues between the males and females (p > 0.05). Cadmium was highly concentrated in the brown meat with mean value of 4.13 mg/kg ww, which was about 5 times higher than that in the white meat (0.75 mg/kg ww). The bioaccessibility of Cd ranged from 48.1 to 71.0% in the white and brown meat. The risk assessment based on the bioaccessibility of Cd revealed that the consumption of the edible crab brown and white meat for adults should be limited in 0.13 kg and 1.56 kg per week respectively.


Cadmium In vitro digestion Bioaccessibility Risk assessment Portunus trituberculatus 



We thank the two anonymous reviewers for the constructive comments.

Funding Information

This study was supported by the National Key Research and development Program of China (Grant No. 2017YFC1600702), the Special Scientific Research Funds for Central Non-profit Institutes, Yellow Sea Fisheries Research Institutes (Grant No. 20603022018010), and the Project supported by the Funds for International Cooperation and Exchange of the National Science Foundation of China (No. NSFC-FCT41761134052).

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Conflict of Interest

The authors declare that they have no conflict of interest.

Ethical Approval

All applicable international, national, and/or institutional guidelines for the care and use of animals were followed.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Yellow Sea Fisheries Research InstituteChinese Academy of Fishery SciencesQingdaoChina
  2. 2.Key Laboratory of Testing and Evaluation for Aquatic Product Safety and QualityMinistry of Agriculture and Rural AffairsQingdaoChina

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