Potential Exposure to Arsenic from Infant Rice Cereal
Courtney C. Carignan,
Children's Environmental Health & Disease Prevention Research Center at Dartmouth, Hanover, NH;Department of Biological Sciences, Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH;Department of Environmental Health, Harvard School of Public Health, Boston, MA
Rice is known to be high in arsenic, including in infant rice cereal. Although arsenic in drinking water is currently regulated, there are currently no US regulations regarding arsenic concentrations in food.
We used published values to estimate arsenic exposure via rice cereal relative to breast milkor formula for 6- to 12-month-old infants in the general US population.
We found that arsenic exposure from 3 servings of rice cereal exceeded that of formula made with water containing arsenic at 10 μg/L, the US Environmental Protection Agency maximum contaminant level.
Our findings suggest that rice cereal can markedly increase arsenic exposure among US infants relative to breast milk and formula.
Carignan, C. C., Punshon, T., Karagas, M. R., & Cottingham, K. L. (2016). Potential Exposure to Arsenic from Infant Rice Cereal. Annals of Global Health, 82(1), 221–224. DOI: http://doi.org/10.1016/j.aogh.2016.01.020
Carignan, Courtney C., Tracy Punshon, Margaret R. Karagas, and Kathryn L. Cottingham. 2016. Potential Exposure to Arsenic from Infant Rice Cereal 82, no. 1: 221–224. DOI: http://doi.org/10.1016/j.aogh.2016.01.020