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Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Spain

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Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Spain
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Afonso A.,University of La Laguna | Gutierrez A.J.,University of La Laguna | Lozano G.,University of La Laguna | Gonzalez-Weller D.,University of La Laguna | And 5 more authors.
Environmental Science and Pollution Research | Year: 2017

Due to increased environmental pollution, monitoring of contaminants in the environment and marine organisms is a fundamental tool for assessing the existence of risk from their consumption to human health. The levels of toxic heavy metals (Cd, Pb, and Al), trace and essential metals (B, Ba, Co, Cu, Cr, Fe, Li, Mn, Mo, Ni, Sr, V, and Zn), and macronutrients (Ca, K, Mg, Na) in two species of fish for human consumption were quantified in the present study. Eighty samples of muscle tissue and 80 samples of liver tissue belonging to two species of Osteichthyes fish; Sarpa salpa and Chelon labrosus were analyzed. The studied specimens were caught on the northern coast of Gran Canaria (Canary Islands) with fishing rods. As they caught from the shore, they are suitable samples for assessing the toxic levels of representative species caught by local amateur fishermen. The results show that both species are fit for human consumption since they have toxic levels of heavy metals (Cd, Pb, and Al) which are below the maximum established levels; however, the toxic levels of the liver samples are several orders of magnitude higher than the muscle samples, so we discourage their regular consumption. The risk assessment indicated that the two species of fish are safe for the average consumer; however, if the livers of these species are consumed, there could be risks because they exceed the PTWI for Pb and the TWI for Cd. © 2017 Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg


Gutierrez A.J.,University of La Laguna | Rubio C.,University of La Laguna | Moreno I.M.,University of Seville | Gonzalez A.G.,University of Seville | And 4 more authors.
Food and Chemical Toxicology | Year: 2017

This paper describes the impact of mineral content on wines and assesses the potential health risk from consuming these wines from Canary Islands. The metal content (B, Ca, Co, Cr, Cu, Fe, K, Li, Mg, Mn, Mo, Na, Ni, Pb, Zn) of red wines belonging to different regions in the Canary Islands was determined by ICP-OES. The studied wine regions were Valle de la Orotava, Tacoronte-Acentejo, Ycoden-Daute-Isora, Abona and Valle de Güimar in Tenerife Island and only one in La Gomera and La Palma Islands. According to the content found, elements could be classified in two categories: the main group including Ca, K, Mg, Na, and the ‘‘minor’’ set consisting of B, Co, Cr, Cu, Fe, Li, Mn, Mo, Ni, Pb and Zn. Once calculated the metal intake through red wines consumption, we can conclude that Canarian drinkers are not exposed to unsafe levels of the metals studied, actually, the safety intake limits (daily) ranges between 0.9% in Zn and 2% in Cu, for normal drinkers. And also it has been demonstrated the good quality of Canarian red wines and there is no reason for health concern through the THQ calculation being the highest values determined in La Gomera wines. © 2017


Rubio C.,University of La Laguna | Paz S.,University of La Laguna | Ojeda I.,University of La Laguna | Gutierrez A.J.,University of La Laguna | And 4 more authors.
Journal of Food Quality | Year: 2017

The concentrations of 20 metals (Na, K, Ca, Mg, V, Mn, Fe, Cu, Zn, Cr, Mo, Co, B, Ba, Sr, Ni, Si, Al, Pb, and Cd) in cage-reared hens’ eggs have been determined in this study using inductively coupled plasma atomic emission spectroscopy (ICP-OES). There were significant differences in the metal content depending on the edible part of the egg, with the yolk having the greater concentrations of metals. The daily consumption of eggs (24.3 g/person/day for children and 31.2 g/person/day for adults) contributes to the intake of trace metals, notably Fe (3.8% children, 3.2% women, and 6.5% men) and Zn (4.5% children, 6.6% women, and 4.9% men). In addition, the consumption of eggs does not imply a high contribution of toxic metals. © 2017 Carmen Rubio et al.

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