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

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Abstract

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.

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

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Submitted
18 Jan 2008
Accepted
26 Feb 2008
First published
07 Mar 2008

J. Environ. Monit., 2008,10, 428-431
Article type
Communication

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

A. A. Meharg, C. Deacon, R. C. J. Campbell, A. Carey, P. N. Williams, J. Feldmann and A. Raab, J. Environ. Monit., 2008, 10, 428 DOI: 10.1039/B800981C

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