Inorganic arsenic in rice-based products for infants and young children

Antonio J. Signes-Pastor, Manus Carey, Andrew A. Meharg

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Abstract

Inorganic arsenic (Asi) is a chronic, non-threshold carcinogen. Rice and rice-based products can be the major source of Asi for many subpopulations. Baby rice, rice cereals and rice crackers are widely used to feed infants and young children. The Asi concentration in rice-based products may pose a health risk for infants and young children. Asi concentration was determined in rice-based products produced in the European Union and risk assessment associated with the consumption of these products by infants and young children, and compared to an identical US FDA survey. There are currently no European Union or United States of America regulations applicable to Asi in food. However, this study suggests that the samples evaluated may introduce significant concentration of Asi into infants’ and young children’s diets. Thus, there is an urgent need for regulatory limits on Asi in food, especially for baby rice-based products.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)128-134
Number of pages7
JournalFood Chemistry
Volume191
Early online date24 Nov 2014
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 15 Jan 2016

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