Mercury analysis of lamb Meat.

Introduction The behavior and fate of mercury in the environment is closely related to its ambient speciation. Mercury exists in three forms: elemental mercury, inorganic mercury compounds, and organic mercury compounds. All forms of mercury are quite toxic, and each form exhibits different health effects. Acute exposure to high levels of elemental mercury in humans results in central nervous system effects such as tremors, mood changes, and slowed sensory and motor nerve function. Chronic exposure to elemental mercury in humans also affects the CNS, with effects such as increased excitability, irritability, excessive shyness, and tremors. Mercury is naturally present in the earth and enters the air and water through the burning of fossil fuels, discharge of industrial waste, and use of pesticides. Humans who consume large quantities of fish and seafood can be exposed to harmful levels of this neurotoxin. A mercury analyzer is an equipment use to determine the amount of mercury in either liquid or solid substances. The Direct Mercury Analyzer (DMA 80) purchased from Milestone was used for mercury determination. The principle of the DMA 80 analyzer is based on thermal decomposition, amalgamation, and atomic spectrometry detection at 254 nm. The amount of mercury present in different substances in considered important since high concentration of mercury is a health hazard. A standard reference material (SRM) is intended primarily for use in the analysis of soils, sediments or other material of similar matrix. Never the less we had full intentions of analyzing lamb meat in the mercury analyzer. Total Hg measurement in standard reference materials and lamb muscle. For the mercury determinations, samples were weighed in pre-cleaned nickel boats before placement on the DMA auto sampler. The main objective of this report is to measure the total mercury levels in SRMs (TORT-2, DORM-2) and lamb muscle. Method:      Wash and soak the quartz boats in nitric acid then dry in oven Burn the quartz supply boats using system condition. Use SRMs supplied to calibrate or revalidate the previous calibration. Perform recovery studies with 2 SRMs. Analyze fat ad lean lamb muscle samples.

Results and Discussion:
Conditions and characteristics Typical working range: 0.05–500 ng mercury Reproducibility:o1.5% Detection limit: 0.02 ng Hg Wavelength: 254 nm, installed with 9 nm resolution interference filter Detector: silicon UV photodetector Drying time: 100 s Drying temperature: 300 C

377 . According to the EPA the MCL limit for Hg in water is 2 ppb.844 0.261 1998.98 Sample Type Lamb-Mu_1 Lamb-Mu_2 Lamb-Mu_3 Mean Stnd Dev Smpl Vari ug/Kg = ppb) 0.614 0.58 4367.647 0. Results.55 4361.891 3.05 308.96 1344.373 0. In the exploratory data analysis.816 4.383 0.947 4.381 0.Decomposition time: 180 s Waiting time: 60 s Decomposition temperature: 850 C Amalgamation time: 12 s o Instrumentation. but since there isn’t a listing for Hg is can be safe to conclude that while there are trace Hg in lamb there is a need for more exploration to come up with a clear conclusion in to the safe level of Hg in lamb. But quantitatively the sample were minimal so the deviation will not be to significant in interpretation of the data.19 4383.69 310.41 348. The table included shows the values of the values of both the standard reference material as well as lamb meat.139 Sample Type2 Lamb-Fa_1 Lamb-Fa_2 Lamb-Fa_3 Mean Stnd Dev Smpl Vari ug/Kg = ppb)3 4.911 0. Clearly the concentrations in the fat meat versus the lean meat of the lamb had higher concentrations of Hg.51 4418. the mean and standard deviations show the levels of mercury not I ppb for the lean meat but well over 1 ppb for the fatty muscle.44 305.872 3995490. Sample Type Dorm-2 Dorm-2 Dorm-2 Dorm-2 Dorm-2 Tort-2 Tort-2 Tort-2 Tort-2 Mean Stnd Dev Smpl Vari ug/Kg = ppb) 4527.

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