Inorganic arsenic levels in rice milk exceed EU and US drinking water standards

Meharg, Andrew A. and Deacon, Claire and Campbell, Robert C. J. and Carey, Anne Marie and Carey, Anne-Marie and Williams, Paul and Feldmann, Jörg and Raab, Andrea (2008) Inorganic arsenic levels in rice milk exceed EU and US drinking water standards. Journal of Environmental Monitoring, 10 (4). pp. 428-431. ISSN 1464-0325

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Under EU legislation, total arsenic levels in drinking water should not exceed 10 μg l−1, while in the US this figure is set at 10 μg l−1 inorganic arsenic. All rice milk samples analysed in a supermarket survey (n = 19) would fail the EU limit with up to 3 times this concentration recorded, while out of the subset that had arsenic species determined (n = 15), 80% had inorganic arsenic levels above 10 μg l−1, with the remaining 3 samples approaching this value. It is a point for discussion whether rice milk is seen as a water substitute or as a food, there are no EU or US food standards highlighting the disparity between water and food regulations in this respect.

Item Type: Journal Article
Journal or Publication Title: Journal of Environmental Monitoring
Uncontrolled Keywords: /dk/atira/pure/subjectarea/asjc/2300/2308
Departments: Faculty of Science and Technology > Lancaster Environment Centre
ID Code: 53841
Deposited By: ep_importer_pure
Deposited On: 27 Apr 2012 11:27
Refereed?: Yes
Published?: Published
Last Modified: 15 Jan 2020 07:29

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