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Scientists find contaminated mussels in False Bay. It could be ...

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Scientists find contaminated mussels in False Bay. It could be good news

Levels of arsenic, cadmium, lead and zinc exceed the legal limit, but study suggests water quality is generally good

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Mussels growing near some of SA’s iconic Blue Flag beaches in False Bay show elevated levels of heavy metal contaminants, a new scientific study shows.

However, the result is potentially good news because it proves mussels can be useful in cleaning up human mess. That is, so long as nobody eats them.

The study found metal concentration in mussel tissue were highest at Bikini Beach, a Blue Flag beach in Gordon’s Bay. Levels of arsenic, cadmium, lead and zinc exceeded the legal limit in shellfish...

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