Heavy Metal Concentrations in Tissues of Wild Boar of Continental Croatia

Bilandžić, Nina; Sedak, Marija; Đokić3, Maja; Šimić4, Branimir
June 2012
International Journal of Environmental Protection;Jun2012, Vol. 2 Issue 6, p6
Academic Journal
Concentrations of heavy metals Cd, Hg and Pb were studied in the kidney and muscle tissues of free-living wild boars from three regions of continental Croatia. Significant iinterregional differences in kidney and muscle for Cd and Pb concentrations were determined. On the other hand, all three studied regions had similar concentrations of Hg in muscle and kidney. Obtained Cd concentrations were higher than those found in other countries. However, Pb levels shown lower values in comparison to other studies. Toxic elements levels, especially Cd in kidney of wild boar, suggest a detailed investigation of physiological and environmental factors contributing to animal contamination and an intensified control of meat and elimination of organ from human nutrition.


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