Mineral contents and heavy metal contamination in Kashar cheeses consumed in Erzurum province, Turkey Erzurum'da Tüketime sunulan Kaşar peynirlerinin mineral madde içeriǧi ve aǧır metal kontaminasyonu


Özlü H. , Atasever M. , Urcar Gelen S. , Atasever M.

Kafkas Universitesi Veteriner Fakultesi Dergisi, vol.18, pp.205-208, 2012 (Journal Indexed in SCI Expanded) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 18
  • Publication Date: 2012
  • Title of Journal : Kafkas Universitesi Veteriner Fakultesi Dergisi
  • Page Numbers: pp.205-208

Abstract

This study was carried out to determine the mineral substances and heavy metal contents of fresh and ripened kashar cheeses consumed in Erzurum province,Turkey. A total 50 samples (37 fresh and 13 ripened kashar samples) were obtained randomly from retail outlets. Mineral substances and heavy metals contamination levels were detected with inductively coupled plasma-optical emission spectrometry (ICP-OES). The average levels of the mineral substances and heavy metals in the kashar cheeses were determined as; calcium 2265.57 +/- 614.14 mg/kg, potassium 1555.46 +/- 552.31 mg/kg, sodium 4693.31 +/- 1886.12 mg/kg, magnesium 129.34 +/- 32.05 mg/kg, iron 1.65 +/- 0.80 mg/kg, zinc 15.66 +/- 3.41 mg/kg, copper 0.39 +/- 0.35 mg/kg, manganese 0.15 +/- 0.09 mg/kg, nickel 0.27 +/- 0.24 mg/kg, lead 1.77 +/- 1.72 mg/kg and arsenic 0.0001 +/- 0.001 mg/kg. It was not determined any statistical differences in mineral substances and heavy metal levels between fresh and ripened kashar cheese samples.