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

Andrew A. Meharg, Claire Deacon, Robert C. J. Campbell, Anne-Marie Carey, Paul N Williams, Joerg Feldmann, Andrea Raab

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Under EU legislation, total arsenic levels in drinking water should not exceed 10 μg l , while in the US this figure is set at 10 μg l 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 , 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. © The Royal Society of Chemistry.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)428-431
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Environmental Monitoring
Issue number4
Early online date7 Mar 2008
Publication statusPublished - 7 Mar 2008


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