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  • Arsenic in food chain raises health concerns in Bangladesh

    A high concentration of arsenic in the water and soil is infiltrating Bangladesh's food chain, raising serious health concerns for millions of residents, specialists warn. The acceptable level of arsenic in drinking water has been set at 50 parts per billion (PPB) or 0.05 microgrammes per litre of drinking water in Bangladesh, while the approved global standard set by the World Health ...


    By IRIN Association

  • PlasmaQuant MS — Accurate and Precise Arsenic Speciation in Foods and Beverage with Superior Detection Limits

    With its unrivalled sensitivity, the PlasmaQuant ® MS Elite delivers the lowest detection limits of any ICP-MS when measuring both organic and inorganic species of arsenic in food ...


    By Analytik Jena AG

  • PlasmaQuant® MS — Accurate and Precise Arsenic Speciation in Foods and Beverage with Superior Detection Limits

    With its unrivalled sensitivity, the PlasmaQuant® MS Elite delivers the lowest detection limits of any ICP-MS when measuring both organic and inorganic species of arsenic in food and beverages. The high toxicity of inorganic arsenic means regular monitoring of food products is important. Various seafoods for example contain high levels of the less toxic organic ...


    By Analytik Jena AG

  • Arsenic in groundwater: A world problem

    In April this year, the Netherlands National Committee of IAH released their latest publication (No.5) “Arsenic in Groundwater: A World Problem”. During the past two decades it has become apparent that arsenic poisoning from groundwater has become a worldwide problem. Some of the best-documented and most severe cases of arsenic contaminated groundwater have been found in aquifers in Asia (e.g. ...

  • Arsenic in Rice Prompts FDA Investigation

    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has been monitoring rice and rice products for traces of inorganic arsenic, a chemical that can cause serious long-term health effects under certain circumstances. The agency has already analyzed about 200 rice and rice product samples and plans to analyze an additional 1,000 samples. Common rice products include cereals, rice beverages, and rice cakes, ...


    By EMSL Analytical, Inc.

  • Arsenic Leaches into Iowa Water Supply

    Arsenic has numerous forms, one of which is arsenite. When arsenic is described as harmful, the specific type of arsenic being referred to is arsenite. It is the most common form of arsenic found in drinking water.   According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), ingesting small amounts of arsenite can cause nausea, vomiting, decreased production of red and white blood ...


    By EMSL Analytical, Inc.

  • Arsenic wood field testing kit

    Now available from Industrial Test Systems, Inc. is a quick, easy, field test kit that can confirm the presence of inorganic arsenic in wood. Arsenic Quick™ 481396-W kit is a modification of the US Patented, ETV Verified arsenic test for drinking water. This 10 minute test readily confirms the absence or presence of arsenic in any wood sample, including CCA treated lumber using safe ...

  • Does the Chicken in Your Refrigerator Contain Arsenic?

    The last few weeks have been filled with media reports about the E. coli outbreak in Europe that has so far claimed 27 lives and sickened thousands.  Now the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has announced that low levels of arsenic may be in some products that contain chicken meat.  According to the FDA, “Arsenic is in the environment as a naturally occurring substance or as a ...


    By EMSL Analytical, Inc.

  • Plastic bottles could clean arsenic-contaminated water

    Chopped up plastic bottles covered in a common chemical may be a simple and inexpensive method for removing arsenic from drinking water. A team of chemists at Monmouth University, United States, found that bits of plastic coated with cysteine, a common molecule found in foods, bind to arsenic. ...


    By SciDev.Net

  • Study Finds Eating Rice Increases Arsenic Levels

    In the wake of a media frenzy surrounding high levels of arsenic in apple juice, a recently published study now indicates that eating rice may increase exposure to arsenic.   Researchers tested urine samples from over 200 pregnant women, some of whom ate a half-cup of rice daily and some who did not. Testing revealed that women who consumed a half-cup of rice for at least two days had 53 ...


    By EMSL Analytical, Inc.

  • Arsenic Exposure Risks Discussed in New Online Video

    Today, the IAQ Video Network and Cochrane & Associates announced the release of another online video to help educate the public about issues that may impact their health. Their latest educational video discusses health issues associated with exposure to arsenic in the home and at work.   Arsenic is a naturally occurring element that is widely distributed in the earth's crust and ...


    By Cochrane & Associates, LLC

  • Natural sediment may shield groundwater from arsenic

    Contamination of deep groundwater with arsenic from shallower sources may not be as serious as feared — if pumping deep water is limited to domestic use, a study has found. Exposure to arsenic-contaminated groundwater has been linked to almost one in every five deaths in Bangladesh, ...


    By SciDev.Net

  • Low Doses of Arsenic Cause Cancer in Male Mice

    Mice exposed to low doses of arsenic in drinking water, similar to what some people might consume, developed lung cancer, researchers at the National Institutes of Health have found. Arsenic levels in public drinking water cannot exceed 10 parts per billion (ppb), which is the standard set by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. However, there are no established standards for private wells, ...

  • Eating aromatic rice may cut arsenic risk for Bangladeshis

    Aromatic rice from Bangladesh's Sylhet region may be safer to eat than other varieties as they contain less arsenic, a study reveals. Varieties of aromatic rice also contain higher concentrations of essential nutrients, according to researchers, whose findings have been published in Biomedical Spectroscopy and Imaging. They estimate that a ...


    By SciDev.Net

  • Dartmouth researchers evaluate rice as a source of fetal arsenic exposure

    A study just published by a Dartmouth team of scientists in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) advances our understanding of the sources of human exposure to arsenic and focuses attention on the potential for consuming harmful levels of arsenic via rice. Arsenic occurs naturally in the environment and in elevated concentrations it can be harmful to human health. Common in ...

  • Slag Containing Arsenic, Mercury, and Lead Contaminates Columbia River

    According to the Huffington Post, Teck Resources Ltd. has admitted that discharge from their smelter has polluted the Columbia River across the U.S. and Canada border for 100 years, from 1896 to 1995. The Columbia River is contaminated with slag containing arsenic, mercury, lead, and other metals left over after the company processed zinc at its smelter located near the river. Teck ...


    By EMSL Analytical, Inc.

  • EP Minerals provides Arsenic removal treatment for the county of Sacramento

    NXT -2 arsenic removal media from EP Minerals, LLC has been selected for use by Sacramento County, for use at its well in Walnut Grove, CA. The well delivers a maximum flow rate of 300 gallons per minute (gpm) and has an average arsenic level of approximately 15 parts per billion (ppb). NXT-2 was selected after a thorough pilot test, which clearly demonstrated its high arsenic holding capacity in ...


    By Filtronics, Incorporated

  • Arsenal extends renewable energy contract and tackles climate change

    North London-based football club Arsenal has switched to 100% green energy after extending its partnership with renewables provider Octopus Energy. Octopus, which has been the club's official energy ...

  • JRC-IRMM releases a new certified reference material for arsenic species in rice

    JRC-IRMM has released a new certified reference material, ERM-BC211 (rice). The certified reference material was prepared from rice destined for human consumption and is certified for total arsenic, the sum of arsenite and arsenate and dimethylarsinic acid. Rice is staple food in many countries in Europe and throughout the world. Arsenic and arsenic species can be of concern for human health if ...

  • High arsenic levels in Asian rice could be reduced through improved irrigation practices

    High levels of arsenic in rice could be reduced by applying improved irrigation management practices in Asia, FAO says in a new report entitled Remediation of Arsenic for Agriculture Sustainability, Food Security and Health in Bangladesh. Studies have shown that high concentrations of arsenic in soil and irrigation water often lead to high levels of arsenic in crops and are posing an increased ...

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