Medycyna Wet. 63 (6), 738-741, 2007
Rywotycki R.
Nitrosamine contamination in game meat
The aim of the study was to determine the influence that the species and sex of wild game, their feed, and living conditions and season of the year have on nitrosamine content: both dimethylonitrosamines (DMNA) and diethylonitrosamines (DENA) in raw meat and meat that has been frozen and subsequently thawed. The study was conducted on meat from three types and eight species of game, killed–culled at various different periods during the hunting season. Average nitrosamine content between DMNA 6.46 to 8.60 µg/kg and DENA 6.73 to 8.37 µg/kg was determined in the investigated meat samples. The results of the study indicate the occurrence of nitrosamine contamination and considerable variations in its levels (DMNA) and (DENA) in raw game meat of particular species, as well as the influence of freezing and thawing processes on diminishing the value of its content.
Keywords: dimethylonitrosamine (DMNA), diethylonitrosamine (DENA), game animals