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Food Addit Contam Part B Surveill. 2016 Jun;9(2):120-6. doi: 10.1080/19393210.2016.1151464. Epub 2016 Apr 21.

Elemental composition of game meat from Austria.

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a Institute of Chemistry Analytical Chemistry, NAWI Graz , University of Graz , Austria.
b Lehr- und Forschungszentrums Raumberg-Gumpenstein , Irdning , Austria.


Concentrations of 26 elements (B, Na, Mg, P, S, K, Ca, V, Cr, Mn, Fe, Co, Ni, Cu, Zn, As, Se, Rb, Sr, Mo, Cd, Sb, Ba, Hg, Pb, U) in wild game meat from Austria were analysed using an inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometer. All investigated animals were culled during the hunting season 2012/2013, including 10 chamois (Rupicapra rupicapra), 9 hare (Lepus europaeus), 10 pheasant (Phasianus colchicus), 10 red deer (Cervus elaphus), 12 roe deer (Capreolus capreolus) and 10 wild boar (Sus scrofa). In 19 out of 61 meat samples lead concentrations were higher than 0.1 mg/kg, the maximum limit in meat as set by the European Commission (Regulation EC No 1881/2006), which is most likely caused by ammunition residues. Especially, pellet shot animals and chamois show a high risk for lead contamination. Despite ammunition residues all investigated muscle samples show no further health risk with respect to metal contamination.


Elements; ICP-MS; heavy metals; wild game meat

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