CHENNAI: The seafood you eat could have toxic elements like mercury, arsenic, lead and cadmium, a study has found. Such heavy metals pose health threats that include cancer, lung infection and failure of kidneys and other organs.
A study by Aquaculture Foundation of India and three institutions including Anna University have found concentration of heavy metals in the water and marine organisms in and around Ennore creek due to pollution from industries and domestic sources.
The study published last year examined the level of eight metals in the water and five species that are eaten. The concentration was compared to that of permissible limits prescribed by the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO), an agency of the United Nations and the World Health Organisation. After finding the levels to be high, the consortium has initiated another round of investigation to take a closer look at nickel content in seafood. Read More »