Concentration and potential health risk of heavy metals in market vegetables in chongqing, china

Auteur(s) :
Xu Y., Yang QW., Liu SJ.
Date :
Mai, 2011
Source(s) :
Ecotoxicology and environmental safety. # p
Adresse :
Department of Resource and Environment, Chongqing Jiaotong University, Chongqing 400074, No. 66 Xuefu Dadao, Nan'an district, Chongqing Municipality, People's Republic of China

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Concentration and daily intake (DI) of heavy metals (Pb, Zn, Mn, Cu, Cd and Cr) in market vegetables in Chongqing of China are investigated and their potential health risk for local consumers is simultaneously evaluated by calculating the target hazard quotient (THQ). The results showed that the measured Pb and Cd concentrations exceeded the safety limits given by FAO/WHO and Chinese regulations, indicating serious contamination of market vegetables by these metals. As respective DI values for Pb, Mn and Cd were also above the international guideline bases, health risk to the consumers is obvious. The individual THQ for Pb and Cd in pakchoi and Cd in mustard, and the combined THQ for all metals in each vegetable species excluding cos lettuce were above the threshold 1.0, implying the obviously adverse effect on health. Therefore, attention should be paid particularly to the potential hazardous exposure to vegetable heavy metals, especially for Pb and Cd, over a lifetime for people in Chongqing

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