Scientific Papers Animal Science and Biotechnologies (May 2013)

Arsenic, cadmium, lead and mercury as undesirable substances in animal feeds

  • Vasileios Anastasios Bampidis,
  • Eleonora Nistor,
  • Dimosthenis Nitas

Journal volume & issue
Vol. 46, no. 1
pp. 17 – 22


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Toxic mineral elements occur naturally in the environment as a result of natural causes, as well as industrial and agricultural practices. Among existing toxic mineral elements, the most important are arsenic, cadmium, lead and mercury, which are harmful to animals’ health. This review provides evidence on the occurrence of these four toxic mineral elements in the environment and potentially in animal feeds, where considered as undesirable substances, as well as their bioavailability and their effects in animals.