HEAVY METALS IN HONEY PRODUCED IN SOME LOCALITIES IN KOSOVO
RASAYAN Journal of Chemistry
Contamination of the honey with regards to heavy metals is important not just for quality control, but also for the assessment of environmental contamination. The goal of these investigations is to assess the levels of seven heavy metals in honey produced in Kosovo. In the territory of Kosovo in the year of 2018-2019, four types of honey (acacia, pine, flowers and meadows) were collected at four sites (Deçan, Mitrovicë, Podujevë and Prishtinë) to assess the concentration of the following
... he following metals: zinc (Zn), copper (Cu), iron (Fe), chromium (Cr), manganese (Mn), lead (Pb), as well cadmium (Cd). In total there were taken 80 samples (Deçan n=20, Podujevë n=20, Mitrovicë n=20 and Prishtinë n=20). Atomic absorption spectrophotometer was used to assess heavy metals. The results have indicated that the highest concentrations of zinc were recorded in pine honey (3.700 mg/kg), copper in meadow honey (0.935 mg/kg), iron in flower honey (5.610 mg/kg), chromium in meadow honey (0.199 mg/kg), manganese in flower honey (11.500 mg/kg), lead in meadow honey (6.100 mg/kg) and cadmium in flower honey (0.349 mg/kg). Kosovo honey is not free of heavy metals but the levels of them were found below the allowed levels, with exception to the Mitrovicë. The data obtained indicated that honey is a very suitable material that can be useful for the evaluation of the presence of the contaminant in the surrounding environment.