Cadmium in Animal Feed and in Foodstuffs of Animal Origin

Jasenka Sapunar-Postružnik1*, Davorin Bažulić1, Mirela Grubelić1, Helena Kubala Drinčić1 and Bela Njari2

Croatian Veterinary Institute – Department of Residue Analysis, Savska cesta 143, 10000 Zagreb, Croatia

2Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry – Department of Veterinary Public Health, Ulica grada Vukovara 78, 10000 Zagreb, Croatia

Article history:

Received January 20, 2000
Accepted October 26, 2000

Key words:

cadmium, kidney, liver, feed, monitoring


This paper emphasizes the suitability of a systematic residue control, not only how a national monitoring programme may timely detect source of contamination of animal organs with cadmium, but also how a systematic control and procedures may resolve the problem of contamination of foodstuffs. As a result of feeding the pigs with contaminated feed (ω (Cd) = 2.05 to 4.86 mg/kg) the mass fraction levels of this toxic metal in their kidneys ranged between 0.67 and 12.96 mg/kg and those determined in liver ranged between 0.07 and 1.69 mg/kg. The levels of cadmium in all muscle samples ranged between < 0.01 and 0.04 mg/kg. After withdrawal of the contaminated feedmix tissue levels returned to normal (ω (Cd) = 0.19–0.63 mg/kg in kidney, 0.03–0.1 mg/kg in liver and < 0.01 mg/kg in muscle).

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