Occurrence and Safety Evaluation of Some Pollutants in some canned foods
Amany A.Saleml; Elham A.El-shewy2; Hanan M.El-Lawandy3 & Hassan, M.A.1
1-Dept. of food Control; 2-Dept. of Forensic Med. &
Toxicology, Fac.Vet.Med, Zagazig Univ. /Benha Branch;
3-Animal Health Res. Instit., Zagazig
During the neonatal period where rapid changes in organ development and function occur, the central nervous system is in a rapid growth rate and highly vulnerable to toxic effects. Due to their low body weight and high food consumption per kg of body weight, the tissue levels of contaminants can reach higher levels in newborns than adults. We examined a total of 60 samples of canned baby foods randomly collected from Kalubia and Gharbia Governorates for their content of mycotoxins (Ochratoxin A, Aflatoxin Bl and Aflatoxin Ml); heavy metals ( cadmium, cupper, lead and mercury). The samples were classified into 3 types each of 20, type (A) canned vegetable with beef, type (B) canned vegetable with chicken meat, and type (C) canned vegetable with turkey meat(20 of each). Our results revealed the presence of Ochratoxin A, Aflatoxin Bl and Aflatoxin Ml in all types of examined baby foods. Furthermore, various concentrations of heavy metals (Cd, Cu, Pb and Hg) have been recorded in the examined samples.