Concentrations of trace elementals and organochlorines in Mutton bird (Puffinus griseus)

Publication year: 2011
Source: Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety, In Press, Corrected Proof, Available online 14 June 2011

Alaa, El-Din Bekhit , Saleh, Al-Amer , Ravi, Gooneratne , Susan L., Mason , Khalid A., Osman , …

The Sooty Shearwater (Puffinus griseus, commonly known as Mutton bird) is a migratory wild seabird, annually harvested for food by certain native groups in New Zealand and Australia and in many parts of the world. The concentrations of 22 elements and several organochlorine pesticides [2,2-bis(chlorophenyl)-1,1,1-trichloroethane (DDT), its derivatives dichlorodiphenyldichloroethene (DDE) and dichlorodiphenyldichloroethane (DDD), aldrin, chlordane, dicofol, lindane, and methoxychlor] in Mutton bird were determined over two consecutive years to evaluate its safety for human consumption. Twenty bird carcasses were purchased in each of 2007 and 2008 from a local source. No significant year effect (P>0.05) was found in the following…

 Highlights: ► Twenty two elements and several organochlorine pesticides were determined in mutton bird. ► Toxic trace elements were below the allowed MRL. ► Fe, Ca and Se concentrations in Mutton bird were higher than domestic land animals. ► Residual organochlorine concentrations were all below the recommended MRL. ► Mutton bird meat is high in essential elements and of low toxicological risk.