This review provides a summary of the available scientific data on selenium status in Turkey. The first reports regarding selenium status in Turkey appeared in the 1990s. Since then, much attention has been paid to selenium content in soil, cereal crops and a variety of other foodstuffs including corn, garlic, mushrooms, fresh and canned fish, meat and meat products, milk and dairy products, spice and condiment plants and honey. Previous reports by Foster and Summer (1997), Aras et al. (2001) and H?ncal (2007) reported daily selenium intake in Turkey to be 30 μg/day, 20-53 μg/day and 30-40 μg/day, respectively. However, these reports are based on limited local data and cannot be generalized for the entire country. As a result, there is still a need for further research in all seven regions and 81 provinces of the country to measure selenium content of soil, food, water and animal feed in order to determine the average daily selenium intake of animals and humans in Turkey.
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