IJSRP, Volume 4, Issue 6, June 2014 Edition [ISSN 2250-3153]
A.Thirulogachandar M.E, M.Rajeswari , S.Ramya
Heavy metals are persistent in the environment and are subject to bioaccumulation in food chains. However exposure does not result only from the presence of a harmful agent in the environment. The present study was undertaken to investigate the concentrations of heavy metals in Broiler Chicken and to assess the extent of contamination due to intake of water, foodstuff, premixes by chicken and other sources like air, ground water, soil etc,. Samples of meat collected from poultry farms in Paladam were analyzed for seven heavy metals i.e. Chromium, Copper, Lead, Cadmium, Arsenic, Iron, and Zinc using Atomic Absorption Spectrophotometer after wet digestion of samples with HNO3.From the results chromium is the maximum content of heavy metal accumulated in the body tissues of broilers and their feed. For all samples other heavy metals were under the limit of quantification. The levels of heavy metals were compared with standards of WHO/FAO. Precocious steps must be taken to avoid use of such health hazardous concentrations of heavy meals in poultry feed and chicken meat.