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kfas, vol. 55, no. 6, pp.836-843, December, 2022 DOI.

Assessment of Dietary Exposure to Toxic Heavy Metals from Edible Seaweeds
in Korea

국립수산과학원 식품위생가공과, 1국립수산과학원 남동해수산연구소


    In the present study, exposure to heavy metals by consumption of edible seaweeds (green laver, laver, hijiki, sea tangle, and sea mustard) was assessed based on their concentrations of lead (Pb), cadmium (Cd), arsenic (As), and mercury (Hg). The mean of heavy metal concentrations were 0.006-0.023 mg/kg for Pb, 0.037-0.156 mg/kg for Cd, 1.117-15.928 mg/kg for As, and 0.008-0.021 mg/kg for Hg. In multivariate analysis, the correlations were high between Pb levels in sea mustard, Cb levels in laver, and As and Hg level in Hijiki. However, the estimated daily intake and target hazard quotient (THQ) of the heavy metals in edible seaweeds were below their approved limits suggesting no health risks associated with seaweed consumption by Koreans.

  • Keyword

    Edible seaweeds, Heavy metal, Estimate daily intake, Target hazard quotient, Health risk