Estimation of Iron in Liver, Gizzard, Breast and Thigh Muscles of Broiler Chicken
The aim of this study was to determine the concentration of iron (Fe) in different tissues (e.g. liver, gizzard, breast and thigh muscles) of broiler chicken collected from various areas including Karim Park, Amin Park, Shahdara, Lohari and Outfall Road. The concentration of Fe was determined by the standard method of Inductively Coupled Plasma Optical Emission Spectrometry (ICP-OES). The concentration of Fe in thigh muscle, breast muscle, gizzard and liver selected from different localities of Lahore ranged from 10.63Â±0.08mg/kg to 17.58Â±0.93mg/kg, 2.67Â±0.08mg/kg to 21.99Â±o.25mg/kg, 10.62Â±0.01mg/kg to 21.66Â±0.41mg/kg, 56.97Â±0.48mg/kg to 160.45Â±0.57mg/kg respectively. The results showed significant differences among various locations (p<0.05). The concentration of Fe was below the permissible limit (150mg/kg) except in the sample of liver of Outfall Road. There is further need to investigate the addition of iron in broiler chicken feed.
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