Inorganic arsenic levels in baby rice are of concern

Meharg, Andrew A. and Sun, Guoxin and Williams, Paul and Adomako, Eureka and Deacon, Claire and Zhu, Yong-Guan and Feldmann, Joerg and Raab, Andrea (2008) Inorganic arsenic levels in baby rice are of concern. Environmental Pollution, 152 (3). pp. 746-749. ISSN 0269-7491

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Inorganic arsenic is a chronic exposure carcinogen. Analysis of UK baby rice revealed a median inorganic arsenic content (n = 17) of 0.11 mg/kg. By plotting inorganic arsenic against total arsenic, it was found that inorganic concentrations increased linearly up to 0.25 mg/kg total arsenic, then plateaued at 0.16 mg/kg at higher total arsenic concentrations. Inorganic arsenic intake by babies (4–12 months) was considered with respect to current dietary ingestion regulations. It was found that 35% of the baby rice samples analysed would be illegal for sale in China which has regulatory limit of 0.15 mg/kg inorganic arsenic. EU and US food regulations on arsenic are non-existent. When baby inorganic arsenic intake from rice was considered, median consumption (expressed as μg/kg/d) was higher than drinking water maximum exposures predicted for adults in these regions when water intake was expressed on a bodyweight basis.

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Environmental Pollution
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