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  1. Vol. 6 No. 2, p. 111-116
    Received: Nov 8, 1976

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Effects of Low Levels of Dietary Cadmium in Animals—A Review1

  1. J. J. Doyle2



Cadmium is a toxic metal commonly found in small quantities in animal and human foods. The possible effects on domestic animal and human health from exposure over long periods to low (0–10 ppm) dietary concentrations of the metal is currently a cause for concern. Experimental data from laboratory animals indicate that low dietary concentrations of the metal will impair growth, cause hypertension and sodium retention, and produce adverse effects on some enzyme systems, reproduction, and tissue levels of some essential metals. Some of these toxic effects may be prevented by supplementary levels of iron, copper, zinc, selenium, and manganese in the diet.

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