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American Journal of Public Health Research. 2014, 2(5A), 1-5
DOI: 10.12691/ajphr-2-5A-1
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Trace Metal Accumulation in Tissue of Sea Cucumber Species; North-Western Sea of Sri Lanka

Jinadasa B.K.K.K.1, , Samanthi R.I.2 and Wicramsinghe I.2

1Institute of Post Harvest Technology, National Aquatic Resources Research and Development Agency, Crow Island, Mattakkuliya, Colombo 15, Sri Lanka

2Department of Food Science and Technology, Faculty of Applied Sciences, University of Sri Jayewardenepura, Nugegoda, Sri Lanka

Pub. Date: September 21, 2014
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Heavy Metals and Public Health)

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Jinadasa B.K.K.K., Samanthi R.I. and Wicramsinghe I.. Trace Metal Accumulation in Tissue of Sea Cucumber Species; North-Western Sea of Sri Lanka. American Journal of Public Health Research. 2014; 2(5A):1-5. doi: 10.12691/ajphr-2-5A-1


The presence of copper (Cu), iron (Fe), zinc (Zn), lead (Pb), cadmium (Cd), cobalt (Co), chromium (Cr) and mercury (Hg) has been studied in ten sea cucumber (Holothurians) species in the Northwestern sea of Kalpitiya and Dutch Bay area (Sri Lanka) during October- November 2008 and 2009. The concentration of in holothurians body wall have been found to range from 1.84-9.18 mg/kg (Cu), 5.03-56.68 mg/kg (Fe), 3.68-24.38 mg/kg (Zn), <0.04-4.70 mg/kg (Cr), 0.04-2.29 mg/kg (Pb), 41.62-128.93 μg/kg (Cd), 0.07-0.25mg/kg (Co) and 24.63-445.69 μg/kg (Hg) in dry weight basis. The results show that, according to European legislation, the body wall of holothurians is generally “safe”, although the high levels of iron in all holothurians are noticeable.

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