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Non-essential and essential trace element concentrations in meat in cattle reared under organic, intensive or conventional production systems

Blanco-Penedo, I.; López-Alonso, M.; Miranda, M.; Hernández, J.; Prieto, F.; Shore, R.F.. 2010 Non-essential and essential trace element concentrations in meat in cattle reared under organic, intensive or conventional production systems. Food Additives and Contaminants: Part A, 27 (1). 36-42. 10.1080/02652030903161598

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Abstract/Summary

We evaluated if differences in non-essential and essential trace element accumulation in beef-cattle reared under different systems (including organic, conventional and intensive management) were reflected in the meat derived from these animals. Diaphragm muscle from 166 calves from nine farms were analysed. Muscle cadmium concentrations were low (<10 µg/kg wet weight) and muscle arsenic, mercury and lead levels were below the limits of detection (<12, 2 and 3 µg/kg, respectively) in most (77-97%) samples; there were no significant differences between farms. Essential trace element concentrations in muscle were generally within adequate physiological ranges and, although they varied significantly between farms, this was not apparently related to management practices. There were no significant correlations in element concentrations between muscle and liver or kidney (organ concentrations that better reflect exposure), except for cobalt (positive association) and zinc (negative association). Non-essential and essential trace element concentrations in muscle in the studied animals did not generally reflect differences in exposure. This is particularly relevant for animals reared in systems (such as organic farms) where cattle are exposed to higher levels of non-essential elements (probably due to soil ingestion when grazing) but also can suffer from mineral deficiencies.

Item Type: Publication - Article
Digital Object Identifier (DOI): 10.1080/02652030903161598
Programmes: CEH Topics & Objectives 2009 onwards > Biogeochemistry > BGC Topic 3 - Managing Threats to Environment and Health > BGC - 3.2 - Provide the evidence base for setting Environment Quality Standards ...
CEH Sections: Shore
ISSN: 1944-0049
Additional Keywords: metals analysis, ICP, toxicology, animal study, toxic elements, trace elements, animal products, meat
NORA Subject Terms: Agriculture and Soil Science
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Date made live: 09 Dec 2009 14:36
URI: http://nora.nerc.ac.uk/id/eprint/8477

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