Asian Journal of Microbiology, Biotechnology & Environmental Sciences Paper

Vol 10, Issue 2, 2008; Page No.(411-414)

ANALYSIS OF HEAVY METALS CONTENT IN VEGETABLES FROM ALLAHABAD

S. A. SIDDIQUI I, WAHID AlI H. S. GUPTA AND A. CHATTREE

Abstract

I leavy metal Contents in food have become a consumer safety issue. The consumer has the right to know how much heavy metals (Yet incorporated:lin. the food he eats. A I_ • technique bioassay cc nique was used to investigate heave Metals uptake by five selected vegetables vig. Radish (Raphanus sativus), beet (Beeta vulgaris). Turnip(Rvssini rapa), carrot (Daucit:; caroto) and spinach (.Spinaca oleracia) grown in the vicinity of Allahabad. The aim of present investigation is studying accumulation of heavy metals in green vegetables of Allahabad. The distribution of heavy metals (Co, Cd, Cu, Cr, Zn, Hg, Ag, As, Ni, Mn and Pb) in the green vegetables was estimated at an interval of one month for a period of one year. Which ranged from 0.02mg/ kg to 8.92 mg/kg in overall analysis heavy metal contents in the green vegetableswere higher with Cu, As and Hg and Lasser with Zn, Cr, Ni and Mn. There was significant correlation between the heavy metals content in vegetables grown in Allahabad. This was attributed to soil properties, climatic condition and translocation with in the plants.

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