Estimation of the heavy metal concentration in the poultry meat being produced in Kasur

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Estimation of the heavy metal concentration in the poultry meat being produced in Kasur

Rohma Imran, Almas Hamid, Rana Amjad
J. Bio. Env. Sci.7( 4), 62-75, October 2015.
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Poultry meat forms a vital part of the daily di et al., over the world. However, the poultry meat is not always as healthy as it seems; it is also being affected by environmental pollution, especially heavy metals which have the potential to bioaccumulate and biomagnify and hence pose a potential hazard to human health. The present study was carried out to assess the contamination of poultry meat. Different meat samples, including 11 samples of chicken heart, 6 samples of chicken kidney and 12 samples of leg tissue, wing tissue, leg bone, wing bone, backbone, ribcage and neck bone each were collected from the Kasur city which is seriously polluted due to tanning industry. All the samples were analysed for heavy metals (arsenic, cadmium, copper, chromium, mercury, iron, lead, manganese, nickel and zinc) via the Inductively Coupled Plasma- Spectrophotometer. When compared with the reference standards stipulated by the WHO and EU, cadmium and lead exceeded the reference standards in all the chicken meat, liver and bones samples. Lead and mercury also exceeded the limit set by ANZFA. All the meat samples were under the permissible limit set for arsenic, copper and zinc by ANZFA and for chromium set by EU. Manganese exceeded the permissible limit set by WHO in only wing bone and backbone while nickel was high in all chicken parts than the tolerable level set by WHO.


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