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Due to the consumption of chicken and chicken products(kidney, liver and meat) in Algeria at high ratio, The concentration of some heavy metals (Pb, Cd and Hg) content in chicken and chicken products collected from three major industrial and urban cities (Algiers, Bejaia, and Tizi ouzou) in Algeria were determined used atomic absorption spectrometry after acid digestion. The obtained results showed that the concentrations of the studied metals were under the recommended maximum acceptable levels proposed by the Joint FAO/WHO expert Committees. The levels of lead in some analyzed chicken products were higher than the recommended legal limits for human consumption. Trace element content in various parts of chicken samples and chicken products were to be found in kidney within the range of 42.05–122ug/Kg for mercury, from 17.77–19.55ug/kg for cadmium, and for 70.34–141.45g/Kg for lead. In liver within the range of 28.82–115ug/Kg for mercury, from 5.45–11.79 ug/kg for cadmium, and 103.85–128.56 ug/Kg for lead. In meat within the range of 25.5–99.11ug/Kg for mercury, from 4.69–10.53ug/kg for cadmium, and from 83.44–109.82ug/Kg for lead.

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Author(s): A. Benouadah, A. Diafat, B. Djellout


Trace element, heavy metals, Chicken, acid digestion, Atomic absorption spectroscopy, Heavy Metal Toxicity

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