DETERMINATION OF HEAVY METALS IN BEE HONEY USING BY INDUCTIVELY COUPLED PLASMA OPTICAL EMISSION SPECTROMETRY (ICP-OES)
In this study, the contents of cadmium, lead, nickel, zinc and copper in bee honey samples were analysed by Varian ICP-OES. Honey samples which are collected from different regions of Kayseri at 2003. Although, honey samples which are collected from Kayseri were of good quality, they were not free of heavy metals. The results obtained for samples which are collected from the residential area were higher than those of the other areas as a result of pollution. Observed that, metal concentrations in honey samples ranged between 0,11 and 0,18 ppm for cadmium, between 0,15 and 0,66 ppm for copper, ranged between 2,2 and 11 ppm for zinc, ranged between 0,2 and 0,8 ppm for nickel and 0,18 ppm for and between 0,1 and 0,85 ppm for lead. As a result, the results of the present study indicate that mean intake of heavy metals due to consumption is generally tolerable daily intake is fairly satisfactory.