Radioactivity and heavy metal levels in hazelnut growing in the Eastern Black Sea Region of Turkey


ÇEVİK U. , CELIK N., Celik A., DAMLA N., ÇOŞKUNÇELEBİ K.

FOOD AND CHEMICAL TOXICOLOGY, vol.47, no.9, pp.2351-2355, 2009 (Journal Indexed in SCI) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 47 Issue: 9
  • Publication Date: 2009
  • Doi Number: 10.1016/j.fct.2009.06.029
  • Title of Journal : FOOD AND CHEMICAL TOXICOLOGY
  • Page Numbers: pp.2351-2355

Abstract

The Eastern Black Sea Region of Turkey is one of the main hazelnut producers in Turkey and in the world. Since this region was contaminated by the Chernobyl accident in 1986, a comprehensive study was planned and carried out to determine the radioactivity level in hazelnut growing region. The dose due to consumption of hazelnut by the public was estimated and it was shown that this dose imposes no threat to human health. In addition, heavy metal analysis was performed in the samples and the amount of Cr, Mn, Fe, Ni, Cu, Zn, and Pb were also detected. The results showed that the concentrations of heavy metal are below the daily intake recommended by the international organizations. (C) 2009 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.