Metallic teapots traditionally used in Morocco were investigated for release of toxic metals from the teapots and their toxicity, as determined by MetPAD, a bacterial toxicity test that is specific for heavy metal toxicity.
Our data show that some teapots were non-toxic while a few others were highly toxic, as shown by MetPAD.
Tea addition reduced somewhat heavy metal toxicity due possibly to the complexing ability of tea.
Chemical analysis of teapot leachates showed that some contained zinc and copper.
Teapot No. 5, which showed the highest toxicity, also displayed the highest Zn concentration (7.39 mg/l), confirming the toxicity data.
Based on estimates of tea consumption in Morocco, we showed that the extra daily burden of Zn ranged from 1.75 to 4.2 mg/day, assuming the maximum zinc concentration of 7.4 mg/l, as found in our study.
This represents 3.5-8% of the LOAEL for zinc of 50 mg/day and would not be important as compared to other sources of zinc intake.
Mots-clés Pascal : Maroc, Afrique, Thé, Boisson, Interaction contenant contenu, Libération, Métal lourd, Zinc, Cuivre, Toxicité, Homme, Evaluation, Dose journalière
Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Morocco, Africa, Tea, Beverage, Container content interaction, Release, Heavy metal, Zinc, Copper, Toxicity, Human, Evaluation, Daily dose
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Inist-CNRS - Institut de l'Information Scientifique et Technique
Cote : 99-0196816
Code Inist : 002B03H. Création : 16/11/1999.