High level of lead in fish sample

Updated Aug 25, 2013 08:05am

THIS is apropos the report (Aug 19) by a research worker of the Federal Urdu University. There is no doubt about this gigantic study done in Karachi. I congratulate the whole team, along with world-famous supervisor Prof Dr Kauser Yasmeen.

According to this study, the maximum level of lead and cadmium are present in the skin and heart. Fortunately our people do not like to eat skin and heart of the fish, along with gills. On the other hand, the concentration of this poisonous metal has a tendency to accumulate in our body for a long time, but the concentration in meat or muscles of fish is very low as highlighted in this study.

There is no doubt that concentration of this poisonous metal in our coastal sea area is very high but in the open sea it conforms to to the international level. Hence, a small fish caught by a fisherman is dangerous as against a big one.

Chronic lead poisoning produces agitation, lethargy and loss of temper as is visible in our people.

PROF (Dr) GHULAM ALI Jinnh Sindh Medical University
Karachi

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Comments (2) (Closed)


Anwar
Aug 25, 2013 10:06am

Is there a Lab test in Pakistan to find out if someone has high level of Lead in their body.

dao ibhm
Aug 26, 2013 08:08am

@Anwar: Nope, no lab in Pakistan to test human for heavy metals in their body. But if you can transform yourself in to fish, then we can test you for the heavy metals. :)