Studies of chosen toxic elements concentration in multiflower bee honey


  • Adam Roman Wrocław University of Environmental and Life Science, Department of Environment Hygiene and Animal Welfare, hełmońskiego 38C, 51- 630 Wrocław
  • Ewa Popiela Wrocław University of Environmental and Life Science, Department of Environment Hygiene and Animal Welfare, hełmońskiego 38C, 51- 630 Wrocław



honey, heavy metal, arsenic, cadmium, copper, lead, zinc, accumulation


The aim of the study was to determine the bioaccumulation level of chosen toxic elements (Zn, Cu, Pb, As and Cd) in multiflower honey collected from Brzeg area. Biological material (honey) was mineralized using the microwave technique at an elevated pressure in the microprocessor station of pressure in the type Mars 5. Quantitative analysis of elements (As, Cd, Cu, Pb and Zn) was performed by plasma spectrometry method using a Varian ICP-AES apparatus. The presence of toxic elements was determined in examined biological materials. The elements fallowed the fallowing decreasing order with respect to their content of honey: Zn>Cu>Pb>As>Cd. The average concentrations of studied elements observed in multi-flower honey were as follows: 6.24 of zinc, 2.75 of copper, 0.53, 0.071, 0.042 lead, arsenic and cadmium, respectively. Lead was the most problematic in bee honey because its average content exceeded the maximum acceptable concentration. Additionally, this metal concentration was 60% higher in studied samples than allowable standard of lead content.


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Roman, A. ., & Popiela, E. . (2011). Studies of chosen toxic elements concentration in multiflower bee honey. Potravinarstvo Slovak Journal of Food Sciences, 5(2), 67–69.