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J Environ Monit. 2008 Apr;10(4):428-31. doi: 10.1039/b800981c. Epub 2008 Mar 7.

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

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School of Biological Sciences, University of Aberdeen, Cruickshank Building, St., Machar Drive, Aberdeen, UK, AB24 3UU.


Under EU legislation, total arsenic levels in drinking water should not exceed 10 microg l(-1), while in the US this figure is set at 10 microg 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 microg 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.

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