International Research Journal of Public and Environmental Health
Article ID JPEH/14/044/, 08 pages
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Original Research Paper
Evaluation of heavy metals in orange, pineapple, avocado pear and pawpaw from a farm in Kaani, Bori, Rivers State Nigeria
Accepted 4 June, 2016
*Kalagbor Ihesinachi and Diri Eresiya
Department of Science Laboratory Technology, School of Applied Sciences,Rivers State Polytechnic, P. M. B. 20 Bori. Rivers State Nigeria.
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Eight heavy metals, Cd, Cu, Zn, Fe, Pb, Ni, Mn and Co were determined in four fruits namely: avocado pear, orange, pawpaw and pineapple using Atomic Absorption Spectroscopy (AAS) after wet digestion. The results obtained showed high levels of Cd (0.08-0.22 mg/kg), Cu (0.23-5.29 mg/kg), Fe (19.0-29.6 mg/kg), Pb (1.69-5.80 mg/kg), Ni (1.16-5.87 mg/kg), Mn (1.03-12.6 mg/kg), and Co (1.43-3.56 mg/kg) in all the four fruits studied. The concentration of Cu in avocado, pawpaw and pineapple exceeded the permissible limit of 0.05-0.5 mg/kg. Concentrations of Zn in all the four fruits were below the permissible limit of 99.40 mg/kg. The concentrations of Fe, Pb, Ni and Mn in all the four fruits exceeded the permissible limits, of 0.8 mg/kg, 0.20 mg/kg (0.l mg/kg for orange), 0.14 mg/kg and 0,30 mg/kg respectively, while Co concentrations were within the acceptable limits except in pawpaw which exceeded the permissible limit of 2.00 mg/kg. The order of concentration of heavy metals is: Fe>Zn>Pb>Ni>Cu>Co>Mn>Cd. The levels of concentrations recorded for Pb, Ni and Cd in these fruits are not acceptable as these heavy metals have been categorized as carcinogens.
Key words: farm, Kaani, carcinogens, diseases