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Heavy metals in meat of Finnish city rabbits.

Authors
  • Damerau, A1
  • Venäläinen, E R
  • Peltonen, K
  • 1 a Department of Food and Environmental Sciences , University of Helsinki , Helsinki , Finland. , (Finland)
Type
Published Article
Journal
Food additives & contaminants. Part B, Surveillance
Publication Date
Jan 01, 2012
Volume
5
Issue
4
Pages
246–250
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1080/19393210.2012.702131
PMID: 24786403
Source
Medline
Keywords
License
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Abstract

Levels of cadmium, chromium, lead, copper, manganese and zinc in city rabbits were determined to evaluate the edibility of the meat. Mean concentrations of toxic metals were 0.011 mg/kg for cadmium and 0.037 mg/kg for lead. Cadmium and lead concentrations were below the admissible maximum levels set by the EU. Concentrations of toxic metals in the meat were sufficiently low as to assume that consumption of the meat does not pose a health risk for human health. Investigation of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, pesticides and other environmental pollutants is required before the meat can be declared to be completely safe.

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