The present study investigated the total elemental composition (Fe, Cu, Mn, Zn, Al, S, B, Na, Mg, K, Ca, P, S) in smooth scallop (Flexopecten glaber) meat collected monthly in the Çardak Lagoon (Turkey) in 2017- 2018. Considering the distribution of elements in terms of quantity during the year, the elements were sorted as S> Na> K> P> Mg> Ca> Fe> Zn> Mn> Al> B> Cu> Se and the heavy metals were below the detection limit. Although the elements were at their highest values during autumn and summer, they were at their lowest values during spring and winter. The differences between the months in terms of Fe, Mn, Mg, and Ca elements were found to be statistically significant (p <0.05).
It was determined that the element
composition of smooth scallop meat was suitable for consumption in terms of the
area where it is collected and is beneficial for health when consumed in the
amounts recommended by FAO/WHO, and CODEX. The Hazard Quotient (THQ) and the
Hazard Index (HI), which was conducted to evaluate the health risks of
consuming smooth scallop, were found below 1 all months. For this reason, smoth
scallop consumption in this region does not have any negative effects on human