ORIGINAL RESEARCH
Contents of Nitrates (III) and (V), Lead and Cadmium in Select Domestic Fruits
Iwona Sembratowicz, Elżbieta Rusinek, Katarzyna Ognik
 
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Department of Biochemistry and Toxicology, University of Life Sciences in Lublin, Akademicka 13, 20-950 Lublin, Poland
 
Pol. J. Environ. Stud. 2010;19(1):161–165
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This paper deals with determining nitrates (III) and (V), lead and cadmium in 10 apple, 10 plum, 12 strawberry, 12 raspberry, and 10 white grape samples. Examined products originated from allotment gardens localized in the center of Lublin as well as in its surroundings. Among the analyzed fruits, the highest nitrate (III) contents were found in plums and white grapes harvested from the allotments located outside the city. Regardless of the harvest site, the highest content of nitrates (V) was recorded in strawberries. Exceeding permissible lead levels occurred in the majority of analyzed fruit samples, while in the case of cadmium, the permissible limit was exceeded only in white grape samples.
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