Prevalence of some chemical hazards in some meat products.

Document Type : Original Article


1 faculty of Veterinary Medicine. Benha University.

2 Food Hygiene Dep., Fac. Vet. Med., Benha Univ.

3 Food Hygiene Dept., Animal Health Research Institute "Doki".


In an attempt to determine the prevalence of some chemical hazards in various meat product thus, by measuring the residual levels of lead, cadmium and nitrite in such product, a total number of 60 random samples (15 of each) of minced meat , beef burger, sausages and luncheon were haphazardly gathered from a varied supermarkets and retailers in Benha City at Kalubia governorate, Egypt to be chemically analyzed by means of spectrophotometer. From the achieved results, it was detected that the mean values of residual levels of Pb in the inspected samples of minced meat, beef burger, sausages and luncheon were 0.06 ± 0.01, 0.11 ± 0.01, 0.16 ± 0.01 and 0.23 ± 0.01 mg/kg, respectively, while those of Cd were 0.03 ± 0.01, 0.07 ± 0.01 , 0.12 ± 0.01 , and 0.15 ± 0.01 mg/kg, and finally those of nitrite were not detected, 39.81 ± 2.24, 27.59 ± 1.65 and 62.07 ± 2.51 (ppm), respectively. The obtained findings were complied with the acceptable limits of heavy metals residues and residual nitrite level recommended by Egyptian Standards.


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