The aim of this work was to detect the concentrations of some heavy metals in milk collected from ewes in 8 farms located in Calabria and Campania and to evaluate to what extent these metals may be present in dairy products for human consumption. The analysis of chromium, cadmium, lead and mercury was performed in a atomic absorption spectrophotometer equipped with a graphite furnace. The determination of Hg content in dry samples was carried out by means of an automatic Mercury analyser. Chromium was the metal detected at highest levels in milk and lead was highest in fresh, mature cheese and in ricotta. In Italy, human consumption of sheep milk is very limited and addressed to milk products. In our study the levels of some metals were higher than those reported in literature. However, the results indicate that sheep milk and milk products from the two regions of Italy investigated in this study are safe for consumers.

Heavy Metal Concentrations in Dairy Products from Sheep Milk Collected in Two Regions of Southern Italy

CATELLANI, PAOLO;
2006

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The aim of this work was to detect the concentrations of some heavy metals in milk collected from ewes in 8 farms located in Calabria and Campania and to evaluate to what extent these metals may be present in dairy products for human consumption. The analysis of chromium, cadmium, lead and mercury was performed in a atomic absorption spectrophotometer equipped with a graphite furnace. The determination of Hg content in dry samples was carried out by means of an automatic Mercury analyser. Chromium was the metal detected at highest levels in milk and lead was highest in fresh, mature cheese and in ricotta. In Italy, human consumption of sheep milk is very limited and addressed to milk products. In our study the levels of some metals were higher than those reported in literature. However, the results indicate that sheep milk and milk products from the two regions of Italy investigated in this study are safe for consumers.
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