arsenic in soil News

  • First accurate test for arsenic in soil developed

    If you have a cat or dog who likes to hide under the deck or children who play on equipment made with pressure-treated wood, you’ll be glad to hear that analytical chemist Julian Tyson and colleagues at the University of Massachusetts Amherst recently developed the first-ever accurate test for arsenic compounds in soil, promising a significantly improved environmental and health impact ...


    By ScienceDaily

  • 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.

  • Identifying areas at risk for arsenic contamination

    The contamination of groundwater with arsenic poses a risk to the health of millions of people, especially in the densely populated river deltas of Southeast Asia. To date, no method has been available for identifying high-risk areas without conducting costly sampling campaigns. Now, Eawag has developed a model that allows vulnerable areas to be pinpointed using existing data on geology and soil ...

  • 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 ...

  • New 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 reagents. The ...

  • New arsenic quick™ mini-kits released

    Industrial Test Systems Inc., innovators of water quality testing announce the Arsenic Quick™ mini-kits. Our new mini-kits, a smaller version of our world renowned and highly rated Quick™ kits, are now available in five and two tests with detection ranges from 1-500 ppb. Our Quick™ Arsenic tests were developed with considerations for safety, accuracy, ease-of-use, and speed. ...

  • 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.

  • Arsenic: when will the clean water start flowing?

    Razia Begum has been asking the same question for two years now: 'Please will someone fix my arsenic filter?' She lives in Nagda, a village in one of the areas of Bangladesh most severely contaminated by arsenic in drinking water — although at first glance there is nothing about the village's lush paddy fields to suggest anything dangerous. Razia's family, like many thousands of others in such ...


    By SciDev.Net

  • New Arsenic Quick mini kits released - one of the best Arsenic water testing kits available

    Today, Industrial Test Systems Inc., innovators of water quality testing announces two new models of the Arsenic Quick™ mini-kits. The mini-kits, a smaller version of our world renowned and highly rated Quick™ kits, are now available in five tests. The new kits Arsenic Ultra Low Quick™ II (481300-5) with a detection range of 0 to >20 ppb (μ,g/L) and Arsenic Low Range Quick™ II (481301-5) ...

  • 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

  • Arsenic poisoning stalks India`s gold mines

    Scientists have found high levels of arsenic in the soil and groundwater near a gold mine in the south Indian state of Karnataka, highlighting health hazards associated with mining the precious metal. A team of scientists that conducted studies in the Kiradalli Tanda village of Yadgir district discovered arsenic ...


    By SciDev.Net

  • 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

  • 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, ...

  • Soil management in China and the EU

    Following rapid urbanisation, management of contaminated soil has become a political priority in China. In this study, researchers reviewed the current system in China as compared to Europe and provide recommendations for the sustainable management of soil. China’s rapid economic growth, and the accompanied urbanisation, has come at a considerable cost to the environment. In the late 1990s, ...

  • 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

  • Soil pollution comes under scrutiny

    Soil pollution, due mostly to human activities that leave excess chemicals in soils used to grow food, took centre stage at the 5th Global Soil Partnership (GSP) Plenary Assembly held at FAO headquarters this week. Excess nitrogen and trace metals such as arsenic, cadmium, lead and mercury can impair plant metabolism and cut crop productivity, ultimately putting pressure on arable land. When they ...

  • LA Testing Provides California Residents with Information Regarding Arsenic Exposure Risks

    Arsenic is a naturally occurring element that is widely distributed in the earth's crust.  People can at times be exposed to arsenic through tainted air, water and food. Exposure to higher-than-average levels of arsenic occurs mainly in the workplace, near hazardous waste sites and areas with high levels naturally occurring in soil, rocks and water. ...


    By EMSL Analytical, Inc.

  • 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 ...

  • Whiteface, Texas students receive President’s Environmental Education Award for helping to eliminate Arsenic

    Today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced that eight middle school children from Whiteface, Texas won the President’s Environmental Youth Award for their work to fight arsenic—a public health threat. The awards are presented each year to exceptional students and teachers who demonstrate creativity, innovation, and leadership to address difficult environmental ...

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