Consumption of Unsafe Foods: Heavy Metal, Mineral and Trace Element Contamination

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Heavy metals are an important source of food contamination and health hazard. Sources of food contamination include environmental and industrial pollution, agricultural practices, food processing and packaging. Absorption of heavy metals through food has been shown to have serious consequences on health – and thereby economic development associated with a decline in labor productivity as well as the direct costs of treating illnesses. The study aimed to assess food contamination and calculate the dietary risk exposure in selected locations in Dhaka city. Major foods and beverages consumed by poor and non-poor households were assessed for selected heavy metals, minerals and trace elements: calcium, magnesium, sodium, potassium, iron, selenium, manganese, zinc, lead, cadmium, aluminium, mercury, antimony, nickel, copper, lithium, molybdenum, cobalt, arsenic and chromium; and the dietary risk exposure to heavy metals, minerals and trace elements by poor and non-poor households was estimated. Suggestions for actions to reduce contamination have been proposed. 

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Jun 2013
English
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FPMU Documentation Center
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O-2013-29
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