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Exposure assessment for methyl and total mercury from seafood consumption in Korea, 2005 to 2008

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Reports on the occurrence and intake assessment of mercury for Korean seafood are currently not available. This is the first report to estimate the intake of methyl (Me-Hg) and total mercury (T-Hg) from seafood consumption in Korea. The concentrations of Me-Hg and T-Hg in seafood ranged from 1.02 to 780 (mean: 55.6) ng g−1 wet weight and 4.89 to 1008 (mean: 100) ng g−1 wet weight, respectively. The residue levels of Me-Hg and T-Hg in Korean seafood were moderate compared with those found in other countries. The methylation ratios of fish, cephalopods and crustaceans were similar, but shellfish had lower values compared with other species. The intakes of Me-Hg and T-Hg from seafood consumption for the general population were estimated to be 38.8 and 73.8 ng kg−1 body weight per day, respectively. Mackerel, tuna and squid made the highest contributions to the total intake of these contaminants. Among eight age groups, 30–49 year and 3–6 year age groups had the highest exposure to Me-Hg and T-Hg. The concentrations and intakes of Me-Hg and T-Hg from Korean seafood were less than the allowable residue levels and threshold intake levels suggested by Korean and international authorities. The present study may be useful for risk management of mercury in Korean seafood.

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The article was received on 27 Jun 2011, accepted on 21 Jul 2011 and first published on 16 Aug 2011


Article type: Paper
DOI: 10.1039/C1EM10504C
Citation: J. Environ. Monit., 2011,13, 2400-2405
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    Exposure assessment for methyl and total mercury from seafood consumption in Korea, 2005 to 2008

    H. Moon, S. Kim, H. Park, Y. S. Jung, S. Lee, Y. Kim and M. Choi, J. Environ. Monit., 2011, 13, 2400
    DOI: 10.1039/C1EM10504C

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