The concentration of heavy metals in cod from Salten in the Norwegian County of Nordland, has been found to be low.
This is one of the results of the annual “Polluted harbours and fjords” surveillance programme that NIFES performs on behalf of the Norwegian Food Safety Authority. This year’s investigation is a result of previous findings of high concentrations of the heavy metal cadmium in crabs caught in waters around Salten.
Previously the pesticide toxaphene has been found in cod taken in Bodø harbour, and NIFES therefore also analysed the fish samples for a number of pesticides, including toxaphene. The concentrations were low, and no higher than those found at other stations on the coast of Norway.
“Our analyses show that the level of cadmium and other heavy metals and insecticides are so low that they are not a problem for food safety,” says NIFES head of research, Robin Ørnsrud.
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