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Species characteristics of lead in sea foods collected from coastal water of Fujian, Southeastern of China
He, Y.; Chen, Z.; Mo, F.; Huang, L.; Xu, L.; Wu, Y.; Xue, Z.; Fu, F. (2016). Species characteristics of lead in sea foods collected from coastal water of Fujian, Southeastern of China. NPG Scientific Reports 6(33294): 8 pp. http://hdl.handle.net/10.1038/srep33294
In: Scientific Reports (Nature Publishing Group). Nature Publishing Group: London. ISSN 2045-2322, more
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  • He, Y.
  • Chen, Z.
  • Mo, F.
  • Huang, L.
  • Xu, L.
  • Wu, Y.
  • Xue, Z.
  • Fu, F.

Abstract
    Various sea foods including fish, shellfish and shrimp were collected from different coastal areas of Fujian in China, and their Pb species characteristics were investigated in detail. The results indicated that there are two different species characteristics of Pb existing in sea food samples. About half of samples were detected to have only Pb2+, and another half of samples were detected to have both Pb2+ and trimethyl lead (TML). The results also revealed that Pb species characteristics in the sea foods rather depend on the species of sea food than the sampling area. In comparison with shellfish/shrimp samples, fish samples have higher concentrations of TML and Pb2+. Especially, the average concentration of TML in the TML-detected fish samples is about 3 times of that in the TML-detected shellfish/shrimp samples, indicating that fish has stronger ability to uptake and accumulate TML. The concentrations of total lead in all samples are lower than the maximum allowable limit of national standard, suggesting that the sea foods collected from Fujian are safe for consumption. By considering that TAL has more toxicity than Pb2+, the effect of TML in sea foods on the human health should be paid more attention in the future.

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