EFFECT OF LOCAL HONEY PRODUCTION AREAS ON ITS CONTENT OF SOME HEAVY METALS

EFFECT OF LOCAL HONEY PRODUCTION AREAS ON ITS CONTENT OF SOME HEAVY METALS

Authors

  • Raafat A. Abu- Almaaly

Keywords:

Honey, heavy metals, pollution

Abstract

This study was conducted to estimate some heavy metals cadmium, lead, nickel and iron in 15 samples of Iraqi honey with 3 replicates for each sample which were collected from apiaries near potential contamination areas in five Iraqi governorates, including Baghdad, Karbala, Babylon, Diyala and Salah al-Din. The atomic absorption technique was used to estimate the concentrations of heavy metals, the results showed that there were significant differences at (P≤0.05) between the concentrations of these elements in the honey samples, the highest concentrations of cadmium 0.123 mg/kg were recorded in Baghdad, near the petrochemical production complex, lead 4.657 mg/kg and nickel 0.023 mg/kg in Babylon near the power plant, iron was 1.863 mg/kg in Karbala near the waste collection and incineration plant, and all the concentrations of cadmium and lead in the studied honey samples were higher than the acceptable limits set by the European Commission Regulation.

Author Biography

Raafat A. Abu- Almaaly

Lecturer, Department of Commodity Evaluation and Service Performance, Market Research and Consumer Protection Center, University of Baghdad. Baghdad, Iraq. [email protected]

Published

2021-12-31

How to Cite

Abu- Almaaly, R. A. (2021). EFFECT OF LOCAL HONEY PRODUCTION AREAS ON ITS CONTENT OF SOME HEAVY METALS: EFFECT OF LOCAL HONEY PRODUCTION AREAS ON ITS CONTENT OF SOME HEAVY METALS. Iraqi Journal of Market Research and Consumer Protection, 13(2), 116–124. Retrieved from https://jmracpc.uobaghdad.edu.iq/index.php/IJMRCP/article/view/252