Methylmercury levels in commonly consumed fish and methylmercury exposure of children and women of childbearing age in Hong Kong, a high fish consumption community
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摘要Background
Despite high fish consumption levels of Hong Kong residents, little is known about the MeHg exposure levels of Hong Kong high-risk populations (i.e. young children and women of childbearing age).

Objectives
To investigate the MeHg levels in fish commonly consumed in Hong Kong and assess the exposure levels of local kindergarten children and women of childbearing age.

Methods
A community-based survey was conducted in randomly recruited local kindergartens. The MeHg concentrations of the most commonly consumed fish items were measured. Based on their fish consumption data, subjects’ MeHg exposure levels were estimated and compared with the reference dose (RfD) set by U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

Results
A total of 2917 mother-child pairs were recruited. The MeHg levels of the fish samples ranged from < 2–1498.7 ng/g. Six frozen cod fish samples contained MeHg levels exceeding the local legal limit of 500 ng/g. The median estimated MeHg intake for children and mothers were 0.29 and 0.22 µg/kg bw/wk, respectively. Approximately 16% children and 9% mothers exceeded the RfD.

Conclusions
Apart from frozen cod fish, most fish species commonly consumed in Hong Kong had low MeHg content. Although the majority of our subjects were exposed to low MeHg levels, high fish consumers could still exceed the RfD and are potentially at risk of MeHg toxicity. To avoid excessive MeHg exposure, we suggest that young children and their mothers may consume a variety of locally available fish, but avoid consumption of frozen cod fish.
出版社接受日期14.06.2018
著者Peggy Hiu Ying Chan, Michael Ho Ming Chan, Albert Martin Li, Robert Chi Keung Cheung, Xin Ting Yu, Hugh Simon Lam
期刊名稱Environmental Research
出版年份2018
月份10
卷號166
出版社ACADEMIC PRESS INC ELSEVIER SCIENCE
頁次418 - 426
國際標準期刊號0013-9351
電子國際標準期刊號1096-0953
語言英式英語
關鍵詞Risk assessment, Methylmercury (MeHg), Fish, Children, Women of childbearing age
Web of Science 學科類別Environmental Sciences;Public, Environmental & Occupational Health;Environmental Sciences & Ecology;Public, Environmental & Occupational Health

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