Assessment of levels of v, cr, mn, sr, cd, pb and u in bovine meat

Abayneh A. Ambushe, Mokgadi M. Hlongwane, Robert I. McCrindle, Cheryl M.E. McCrindle

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Pollution of the environment with heavy metals can be a serious problem. In SouthAfrica, particularly, there are many sources of heavy metals, often due to smelter and mining activities. This has led to toxic metals in the environment that directly affect air, water and food. The presence of heavy metal residues in foodstuffs is potentially hazardous tohumansand animals. Heavy metals accumulate in certain organs, particularly in the liver and kidney. The objective of this study was to determine the levels of V, Cr, Mn,Sr, Cd, Pb andUin bovine organs and tissues obtained frompolluted areas of NorthWestProvince, SouthAfrica. Bovine liver, kidney, muscle, fat and bone samples were freeze-dried, homogenized and mineralized using a microwave-assisted digestion system. The levels were quantified using dynamic reaction cell inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry(DRC-ICP-MS).A bovine muscle (NIST-RM8414) and bovine liver, reference material (NIST-RM1577b), were also analyzed and results agreed with certified values. The study revealed accumulation of Sr in bone, Cd, Pb and U in kidney and bone, Mn in liver and, V and Cr in kidney tissues of cattle.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)159-164
Number of pages6
JournalSouth African Journal of Chemistry
Publication statusPublished - 2012
Externally publishedYes


  • Bovine meat
  • Heavy metals

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Chemistry


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