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Environ Pollut. 2007 Feb;145(3):766-77. Epub 2006 Jul 7.

Exposure assessment for trace elements from consumption of marine fish in Southeast Asia.

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Center for Marine Environmental Studies (CMES), Ehime University, Matsuyama 790-8577, Japan.

Abstract

Concentrations of 20 trace elements were determined in muscle and liver of 34 species of marine fish collected from coastal areas of Cambodia, Indonesia, Malaysia and Thailand. Large regional difference was observed in the levels of trace elements in liver of one fish family (Carangidae): the highest mean concentration was observed in fish from the Malaysian coastal waters for V, Cr, Zn, Pb and Bi and those from the Java Sea side of Indonesia for Sn and Hg. To assess the health risk to the Southeast Asian populations from consumption of fish, intake rates of trace elements were estimated. Some marine fish showed Hg levels higher than the guideline values by U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Joint FAO/WHO Expert Committee on Food Additives (JECFA). This suggests that consumption of these fish may be hazardous to the people.

PMID:
16828209
DOI:
10.1016/j.envpol.2006.04.034
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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