Risk Assessment for Heavy Metals in Korean Foods and Livestock Foodstuffs

한국인의 대표식품 및 축산식품에 대한 중금속 위해도 평가

  • Kwon, Young-Min (College of Health Sciences, Korea University) ;
  • Lee, Kyoung-Hee (College of Health Sciences, Korea University) ;
  • Lee, Haeng-Shin (Korea Health Industry Development Institute) ;
  • Park, Seon-Oh (Korea Health Industry Development Institute) ;
  • Park, Jung-Min (Department of Food Science and Biotechnology of Animal Resources, Konkuk University) ;
  • Kim, Jin-Man (Department of Food Science and Biotechnology of Animal Resources, Konkuk University) ;
  • Kang, Kyung-Mo (Food Contaminant Division, Korea Food and Drug Administration) ;
  • No, Ki-Mi (Food Contaminant Division, Korea Food and Drug Administration) ;
  • Kim, Dong-Sul (Food Contaminant Division, Korea Food and Drug Administration) ;
  • Lee, Jong-Ok (Food Contaminant Division, Korea Food and Drug Administration) ;
  • Hong, Moo-Ki (Food Contaminant Division, Korea Food and Drug Administration) ;
  • Choi, Dal-Woong (College of Health Sciences, Korea University)
  • 권영민 (고려대학교 보건과학대학) ;
  • 이경희 (고려대학교 보건과학대학) ;
  • 이행신 (보건산업진흥원) ;
  • 박선오 (보건산업진흥원) ;
  • 박정민 (건국대학교 축산식품생물공학과) ;
  • 김진만 (건국대학교 축산식품생물공학과) ;
  • 강경모 (식품의약품안전청 식품오염물질과) ;
  • 노기미 (식품의약품안전청 식품오염물질과) ;
  • 김동술 (식품의약품안전청 식품오염물질과) ;
  • 이종옥 (식품의약품안전청 식품오염물질과) ;
  • 홍무기 (식품의약품안전청 식품오염물질과) ;
  • 최달웅 (고려대학교 보건과학대학)
  • Published : 2008.08.30


This study was conducted to evaluate exposure level and risk of heavy metals in livestock foodstuffs and Korean foods. Based on the "Food Intake Data," a part of the 2005 National Health & Nutrition Survey and the "2005 Seasonal Nutrition Survey", 113 Korean foods items were selected. 3 samples from different manufacturers of each 113 items of Korean foods were purchased on summer and fall, so total 678 samples were used. The food groups were classified into 15 categories. For the livestock foodstuffs category, meats and poultry (chicken, pork, pork belly, beef, beef feet soup), milks and dairy products (milk, ice cream, liquid yoghourt, sherbet), eggs (egg) were selected. It was found that the daily amount of heavy metals intake (mg/person/day) from livestock foodstuffs is 0.00020 arsenic, 0.00000 cadmium, 0.00020 lead, and 0.00006 mercury, and the daily amount of heavy metals intake (mg/person/day) from Korean foods is 0.0265 arsenic, 0.0083 cadmium, 0.0067 lead, and 0.0028 mercury. Daily amount of heavy metals intake from livestock foodstuffs was low among the food groups. For risk assessment, PDI (Probable Daily Intake) was calculated and compared with PTWI (Provisional Tolerable Weekly Intake) of JECFA (Joint FAO/WHO Expert Committee on Food Additive). Relative hazard of these livestock foodstuffs was 0.006% in arsenic, 0.000% in cadmium, 0.085% in lead, and 0.149% in mercury. Relative hazard of Korean foods was 0.941% in arsenic, 14.676% in cadmium, 3.319% in lead, and 6.860% in mercury. Thus, livestock foodstuffs and Korean foods were as safe as satisfied with the recommended standards of JECFA.


livestock foodstuffs;Korean foods;heavy metal;risk assessment;total diet study


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