Element Content of Hen Eggs

Abstract: Eleven trace elements (Ba, Cu, Fe, Mn, Ni, Pb, Rb, Se, Sr, V, Zn) were quantitatively determined in hen egg samples collected from different poultry housing types (large-scale poultry farms, organic farms and domestic farms) over the territory of Latvia. Samples were wet digested and quantitatively analysed by total reflection X-ray fluorescence spectrometry (TXRF). The accuracy of analytical method was verified with analysis of certified reference material NCS ZC73017 (GSB-10)-Apple. The most variable range of concentrations and the highest content of elements were determined for hen egg samples derived from organic farms, while egg samples from domestic farms and poultry farms mostly contained lower content of elements. That can be attributed not only to poultry feed specifics within different housing types but also to the impact of environmental factors.

Reference: Vincevica-Gaile, Z., et al. (2013). Food and environment: trace element content of hen eggs from different housing types. APCBEE Procedia 5: 221-226. Available online at http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.apcbee.2013.05.038