Heavy Metal Content of Refined and Bakery Salts Consumed in Pakistan.
Heavy metals may be ingested through food and drink (Heshmati et al., 2014). Table salt is important biologically because of provision of two important macro elements sodium and chloride to living systems (Lindgren, 1922). Beside the [Na.sup.+] and [Cl.sup.-] ions in the common salt, some other inorganic trace minerals such as calcium, magnesium, iron and sculpture are also present (Khaniki et al., 2007). Proportion of these minerals is higher in unrefined salts. In addition it is also important as food additive and as a preservative to enhance the shelf life (Jacob and Morvood, 1971). During the mining process there is evidences of removal of many essential trace minerals (Andre, 1990). Recently, incidence of heavy metal contamination in table salt has been investigated worldwide (Soylak et al., 2008). Minerals are incorporated into the food chain due to their persistent nature and in this way can lead to serious problems for human health (Alam et al., 1975). Contaminations of table salt even in trace amounts may lead to serious consequences. Table salt in various countries like Brazil, Turkey, Iran, Poland, Nigeria and Greece etc., has been found to be contaminated with heavy metals (Soylak et al., 2008; Sharif et al., 2007). Unrefined table salt from Pakistan has been evaluated recently by Hassan et al. (2016). During the present research refined and bakery table salt samples were collected from local markets of three populous cities of Pakistan in order to know the status of heavy metal contents of lead, copper, cadmium and iron.
Collection of samples. Hundred of refined and bakery refined table salt samples were collected from the local markets of Lahore, Gujranwala and Faisalabad, Pakistan. All the collected samples had clear specifications of their purity level and other mineral content such as magnesium, calcium and moisture etc. In the laboratory the samples were transferred into air tight glass containers.
Reagents and solutions. All reagents used during the present study were of analytical grade from BDH. 1000 mg/L stock solutions of metals to be determined were diluted to prepare the standard solutions in 1mol HN[O.sub.3]. No preconcentration technique was applied.
Statistical analysis. T-test method was used for the difference among the heavy metal levels in salt samples Codex limit p<0.05 was considered as a significant difference.
Heavy metal analysis. A Hitachi Z8000 (Japan) model of atomic spectrophotometer was employed for heavy metal determination. Operating conditions for studied metals are enlisted in Table 1 which are earlier reported by A brar et al. (2016). 2.5 g of 24 h oven dried (100 [degrees]C) salt sample was dissolved in 6 mL of HN[O.sub.3] to make a slurry. This slurry was then placed for 24 h at room temperature for digestion of metals covered with watch glass. Solution made by diluting the slurry into doubly distilled water and making the final volume of 100 mL was then heated at 110 [degrees]C for 3 h for digestion of metals. A blank digest was also prepared by the same method. Metals were determined in the aqueous solution.
Concentrations of all the toxic metals were recorded in [micro]g/g and are enlisted in Table 2 for refined table salt samples and in Table 3 for bakery salt samples. Mean [+ or -] SD range of refined table and bakery salt samples are shown in Fig. 1-2, respectively. Interference of intellectual and cognitive development in children and cardiovascular and high blood pressure disorders in adults are found to be associated with the exposure of lead (Zukowska and Biziuk, 2008). Codex standard allows 2.0 [micro]g/g of lead in food grade salt (CAC, 2011).
Content of lead in refined and unrefined table salts from Greece, Turkey and Egypt were in the range of 0.5 to 1.64 [micro]g/g (Jacob and Morvood, 1971). For Brazil its range was 0.03 to 0.10 [micro]g/g (Soylak et al., 2008) and for Iran its range was 0.01 to 5.8 [micro]g/g (AL-Rajhi, 2014).
Present results showed that the concentration of cadmium in refined and bakery refined table salt samples ranged between 0.31 to 0.12 [micro]g/g and 0.087 to 1.00 [micro]g/g which were slightly higher than the values obtained from the refined salts in Iran, Turkey and Greece, having value 0.14 to 0.30 [micro]g/g (Jacob and Morvood, 1971). Codex Alimentarius Commission permits a 0.5 [micro]g/g of cadmium (Codex stan 150). Copper in the samples were detected having the range of 2.1to0.32 [micro]g/g for refined salt and from 1.61 to 2.51 for bakery refined salts. 2 [micro]g/g of copper is permitted as a maximum human consumption by Codex. Previous literature has reported 0.17to 0.47 [micro]g/g of copper in table salt samples (Watson, 1993).
Iron is involved in cellular metabolism, neurotransmitter synthesis and in myelin (Chen et al., 2011). So, it is important for normal functioning of brain and nervous system (Jacob and Morvood, 1974). About 50-400 [micro]g/day of iron is recommended for daily use of iron (Sharif et al., 2007).
All the salt samples of refined and bakery table salt samples had a lower contents of heavy metals as compared to legal limit set by Codex Alimentarius Commission. However, higher concentration of heavy metals than the previously reported data suggests that contamination should be reduced by adopting the advanced method of purification and refining of salts.
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Abrar ul Hassan (a*), Sakhawat Ali (b), Salman Muhsen (a) and Muhammad Rizwan (c)
(a) Department of Chemistry, University of Management and Technology, Joher Town, Lahore, Pakistan
(b) Food and Biotechnology Research Centre (FBRC), PCSIR Laboratories Complex, Lahore -54600, Pakistan
(c) Department of Chemistry, Minhaj University, Lahore, Pakistan
(*) Author for correspondence;
(received November 12, 2016; revised February 21, 2017; accepted March 3, 2017)
Table 1. Operating conditions for AAS Metals [[lambda].sub.(max)] Flame gases Flame Maximum atomisation lamp current Cd 228.8 Air-acetylene 1.5 8 Cu 324.8 Air-acetylene 4 10 Fe 248 Air-acetylene 5 30 Pb 283.3 Air-acetylene 20 15 Table 2. Mean [+ or -] SD range of refined table salt samples ([micro]g/g) Heavy metals Mean [+ or -]SD Range Codex Standard 150 limit Lead (Pb) 0.847[+ or -]0.217 1.24-0.41 2 Copper (Cu) 1.37[+ or -]0.252 2.1-0.32 2 Cadmium(Cd) 0.41[+ or -]0.32 0.31-0.12 0.5 Iron(Fe) 7.72[+ or -]2.10 8.9-2.70 - Table 3. Mean [+ or -] SD range of bakery refined table salt samples ([micro]g/g) Heavy metals Mean [+ or -]SD Range Codex Standard 150 limit Lead (Pb) 1.61 [+ or -]0.51 0.52-1.91 2 Copper (Cu) 2.07[+ or -]1.2 1.61[+ or -] 2.51 2 Cadmium(Cd) 0.71[+ or -]0.21 0.087-1.00 0.5 Iron(Fe) 12.6[+ or -]5.1 5.6-12.1 -
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|Author:||Hassan, Abrar ul; Ali, Sakhawat; Muhsen, Salman; Rizwan, Muhammad|
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