Heavy Metal Composition of Some Imported Canned Fruit Drinks in Nigeria
Chukwujindu M.A. Iwegbue,
Concentrations of cadmium, lead, chromium, nickel, copper,
manganese and zinc in six brands of fruit drinks was investigated. The
concentration of the heavy metals showed appreciable (p<0.05) variability
within a brand except for Pb and Zn in orange brand. However, apparent
and significant variability exist when brands are compared. The mean levels
of the studied metals varies between 2.29-18.29 ppm for Fe, 1.41-7.19
ppm for Cu, 0.002-0.89 ppm for Cr, 0.06-1.93 ppm for Pb, 0.21-1.00 ppm
for Ni, 0.006-11.29 ppm for Mn, 0.69-1.25 ppm for Zn and 0.002-0.49 ppm
for Cd, the levels of these metals exceeded statutory safe limits except
for Mn, Zn and Fe.
Heavy metals occur in all foods as natural or inherent components
of plant and animal tissues and fluid and also may be present as a result
of contamination or deliberate addition (Underwood, 1973). One form of
environmental contamination arises from exposure to water polluted by
industrial waste (Mathew, 1986).
Although many heavy metals are essential for animal tissue metabolism,
the ranges between beneficial and toxic levels are usually small. There
is an increasing concern about the health effects in humans due to continuous
consumption of food contaminated with heavy metals. The extent of this
contamination depends or several complex factor. One of them being specific
metabolic and homeostatic mechanism operating in the type of food and
The compositions of various metals in different food types of various
countries have been the subject of many studies (Toro et al., 1994;
Drury and Hammond, 1979; Jorhem and Sundstroem, 1993; Onianwa et al.,
1999). Such data are not readily available for most food in developing
countries, such as Nigeria, where food composition data are primarily
on proximate composition and other nutrients Onianwa et al. (1999)
reported mean levels of 0.003-0.007 ppm Cd, 0.003-0.032 ppm Co, 0.001-0.030
ppm Cr, 0.001-1.02 ppm Cu, 0.56-6.36 ppm Ni, 0.030-0.070 ppm Pb and 0.020-1.10
The objective of the present study is to provide a more detailed determination
of the contents of Cd, Cr, Cu, Fe, Ni, Pb and Zn in imported canned fruit
drinks in Nigeria market.
MATERIALS AND METHODS
Six brand or types of imported canned fruit drink (6 to 8 in each
brand or types) were obtained from local markets in Warri and Agbor, Nigeria.
The selection was specially made to reflect the popular brands consumed
by different income groups and also influenced by availability at the
time of purchase. The samples were stored at almost identical conditions
similar to those of retail shops. 300 mL of the liquid samples was heated
in evaporating dish on a regulated hot plate until caramelous mass was
formed. The caramelous mass was formed in most cases was than digested
with a mixture of perchloric and nitric acid. The digest was diluted to
25 mL mark using 1 M nitric acid. The sample solutions were subsequently
analyzed for the metals using a graphite furnace atomic absorption spectrophotometer
(GBC scientific equipment XAA1175, Australia) equipped with D2 background
Appropriate quality assurance procedures and precautions were carried
out to ensure reliability of the results. Samples were generally carefully
handled to avoid contamination. Glassware was soaked in 1 M nitric acid
for 48 h and rinsed with ultra pure water. The reagents (nitric acid,
perchloric and distilled water) were of analytical grades. Reagent blank
determination was used to correct the instrument reading. Calibration
standard were made by dilution of high purity commercial BDH metal standards
for atomic absorption analysis. A recovery test of the total analytical
procedure was carried for the metals by spiking analyzed samples with
aliquots of metal standards and then reanalyzing the samples. The results
of recovery studies for the elements were 92.5. 93.4, 96.4, 90, 95, 94
and 89.9% for Fe, Cu, Cr, Pb, Ni, Mn, Zn and Cd, respectively.
RESULTS AND DISCUSSION
Table 1 present the means concentrations of heavy
metals while Table 2 presents the range of the levels
of heavy metal in the samples. Analysis of variance (p>0.05) showed
that there is significant variability in the concentration of the studied
metals within a brand except for Zn and Pb in the orange brand. However,
apparent and significant variation exists when the brands are compared.
Fe had the highest mean levels amongst the metals studied. The levels
of Fe in the fruit drinks exceeded the local standard and limits for iron
in Nigeria except for mixed fruits and guava brands. The highest level
of iron was found in the pineapple brand (Table 1).
Contreraslopez et al. (1987) reported 15.0 ppm in fruit juice in
Spain. The mean levels of Fe this study is comparable to that of Contreraslopez
et al. (1987). Al-Swaidan (1988) analyzed the levels of Fe in fruit
drink using ICP-MS. The author reported concentration range of iron to
be 4.49-8.25 ppm. 56% of the total samples have iron concentration within
the range reported by Al-Swaidan (1988).
Copper is an essential element for growth, although emetic in large doses,
but when present in some beverages such as milk products and fruit juices
tends to impair the shelf life or keeping quality of such products, so
it expected that fruit juice and milk products should contain relatively
low levels of copper. Paolo and Maurizio (1978) reported concentration
range of 0.87-0.97 ppm in fruit drink in Italy while Contreraslopez et
al. (1987) reported mean levels of 5.00 ppm for Spain. The levels
of Cu found in this study are higher than that of Paolo and Maurizio (1978)
but are comparable to the levels reported by Contreraslopez et al.
(1987). However, the guava and apple brands have mean levels exceeding
that of Contreraslopez et al. (1987).
||Mean±SD of heavy metals (ppm) characteristic
of canned fruit drinks
||Range of heavy metals in canned fruit drinks (ppm)
|nd = Below detection limit. The detection limit = 0.001
The concentration of lead in the fruit drink follows the order: Apple
> Guava > orange >mixed fruit > pineapple> mango brands.
The levels of Pb report in this study are above the guideline value for
Pb in foods drinking water except for mango brands. The major source of
Pb in canned fruits drinks is the leaching of Pb from the canning. Pb
toxicity causes many sign and symptoms such as abdominal pains, anemia,
anoxia, bone pair, brain damage, convulsion, dizziness, inability to concentrate
etc. (Kocak et al., 2005).
Adraiano (1984) reported Pb levels of 0.01 ppm for beverage drink in
Canada. Paolo and Maurizio (1978) reported mean levels of 0.38 ppm Pb
for fruit drinks while Contreraslopez et al. (1987) reported 0.15
ppm Pb in fruit drinks in Spain. The mean levels of Pb in the various
brands were above the levels reported by these investigators except for
the mango brands. However, some samples have levels comparable to levels
reported by these authors.
The mango brand had the highest concentrations of Ni compared to another
other brand. Most of the brands have elevated Ni levels. The mean levels
of Ni reported in this study are higher than mean values reported by for
fruit drink by Onianwa et al. (1999).
The level of manganese found in this study is generally low compared
to any other metal examined. The highest concentration of Mn was found
in the mixed fruits while the apple brands have the lowest concentration
of Mn. The order of concentration of Mn in the various brands of fruit
drinks follow the order: mixed fruits>orange>pineapple>guava>mango>apple
brands. The levels of manganese found in this study is are below permissible
limits food and drinking water. Hence, Mn do not constitute contamination
hazard in the brands of fruits drinks. The highest mean levels of cadmium
were found in mango. Apart from the pineapple brand, all other brand have
mean concentrations of Cd exceeding the WHO permissible limit for drinking
water (WHO, 1984). Adraiano (1984) reported 0.003 ppm Cd in beverage drinks
in Canada. The level of cadmium found in the various brands was higher
than the value reported by Adraiano (1984), except for the pineapple brand.
The concentration pattern of zinc follows the order: orange> mixed
fruits >pineapple > apple guava> mango brand. Contreraslopez
et al. (1987) reported 5.0 ppm Zn in fruit juice in Spain while
Paolo and Maurizio (1978) reported 0.41 ppm Zn in fruit in Italy. The
levels of zinc found in this study were less than mean levels reported
by Contreraslopez et al. (1987). Sixty two percent of the samples
of fruit drinks examined are comparable to that of Paolo and Maurizio
(1978). Table 3 shows the estimates of the doses of
the metals, which may be derived from the ingestion of 1 L quantities
of the fruit drinks. The estimated dose was found to be generally high
for the eight metals studied. The estimated doses derived from the ingestion
of 1 L quantities of the fruit drink follows the order Fe>Cu > Pb
> Zn > Ni > Cr > Mn > Cd (Table 3). The
estimated doses reported herein in this study are higher than estimated
doses previous reported for fruit drinks (Onianwa et al., 1999).
||Estimated dose of heavy metals from 1 L volume of fruit
Overall, the study shows that the levels of the eight heavy metals studied
are generally above safe limits and except for iron, zinc and manganese
compared well with levels in similar foods from the parts of the world.
The data reported herein will be valuable in complementing available food
composition data and estimating dietary intakes of heavy metals in Nigeria.
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