Risk assessment of trace elements in cultured freshwater fishes from Jiangxi province, China

Environ Monit Assess. 2014 Apr;186(4):2185-94. doi: 10.1007/s10661-013-3528-1. Epub 2013 Nov 21.


The levels of trace elements (As, Cd, Cr, Cu, Fe, Ni, Pb, Se, and Zn) in eight species of cultured freshwater fishes from Jiangxi province were determined by inductively coupled plasma-mass spectroscopy. All the studied trace element levels in fish muscles from Jiangxi province did not exceed Chinese national standard and European Union standard, and they were often lower than previous studies. The calculated target hazard quotient values for all the studied trace elements in fish samples were much less than 1, suggesting that the studied trace elements in fish muscles from Jiangxi province had not pose obvious health hazards to consumers. As and Cd concentrations in northern snakehead were much higher than that in other fishes, demonstrating that this fish species could be valuable as a bioindicator of As and Cd in environmental surveys. In addition, the highest concentrations of Fe, Zn, and moderate contents of other essential trace elements in crucian carp indicated that crucian carp could be a good nutrient source of essential trace elements for human health.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Aquaculture*
  • China
  • Environmental Monitoring
  • Fishes / metabolism*
  • Food Contamination / analysis*
  • Food Contamination / statistics & numerical data
  • Fresh Water / chemistry
  • Risk Assessment
  • Trace Elements / metabolism*
  • Water Pollutants, Chemical / metabolism*


  • Trace Elements
  • Water Pollutants, Chemical