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HEALTH RISK ASSESMENT: TOTAL MERCURY IN LOCALLY CAUGHT

YELLOWFIN AND FRIGATE TUNA AND COMMERCIAL CANNED TUNA

Arvin U. Pacoma1 and, Leni G. Yap-Dejeto

Division of Natural Sciences and Mathematics, University of the Philippines Visayas-

Tacloban College
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aupacoma1@up.edu.ph; 321-8299

ABSTRACT

Mercury is a toxic trace metal, which can accumulate to levels threatening humans and

other organisms. In Japan, the United States of America and Spain, mercury concentrations in

fresh and canned tuna is monitored for food safety. But in the Philippines, the levels of this toxic

heavy metal remain unknown both in locally caught and canned tuna. The total mercury

concentrations in Yellow fin (Thunnus albacares), Frigate (Auxis thazard) tuna and canned tuna

purchased in Eastern Visayas from 4th to 10th of May 2018 were determined by Inductively

Coupled-Plasma Optical Emission Spectrometry. The total mercury concentrations observed

from nine Frigate and three Yellow fin tuna and four canned tuna (from two brands) test samples

were 2.10 × 10−3 mg/kg, 2.11 × 10−3 mg/kg and 1.26 × 10−2 mg/kg respectively. Risk

assessment for neurological effects associated with the consumption of the tuna species and

canned tuna was done. The calculated daily dose of total mercury of 0.075 mg/

kg body weight per day indicates that consumption of any one or any combination of yellow

fin, frigate and canned tuna sold in Eastern Visayas from 4th to 10th of May 2018 does not entail

risk of adverse neurological effects.