Tag: Arsenic

Estimated 2.1 Million People using Wells High in Arsenic

Estimated 2.1 Million People using Wells High in Arsenic

Environment, Government, Health
A new study by the U.S. Geological Survey and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates about 2.1 million people in the U.S. may be getting their drinking water from private domestic wells considered to have high concentrations of arsenic, presumed to be from natural sources. “About 44 million people in the lower 48 states use water from domestic wells,” said Joe Ayotte, a USGS hydrologist and lead author of the study. “While we’re confident our research will help well owners understand if they live in an area of higher risk for arsenic, the only way for them to be certain of what’s in their water is to have it tested.” Using a standard of 10 micrograms of arsenic per liter -- the maximum contaminant level allowed for public water supplies -- the researchers developed maps of th
Belfast Researchers Shows Illegal Levels Of Arsenic Found In Baby Foods Despite New Regulations Set By The EU

Belfast Researchers Shows Illegal Levels Of Arsenic Found In Baby Foods Despite New Regulations Set By The EU

Food, Government, Health, Latest News, UK
In January 2016, the EU imposed a maximum limit of inorganic arsenic on manufacturers in a bid to mitigate associated health risks. Researchers at the Institute for Global Food Security at Queen's have found that little has changed since this law was passed and that 50 per cent of baby rice food products still contain an illegal level of inorganic arsenic. Professor Meharg, lead author of the study and Professor of Plant and Soil Sciences at Queen's, said: "This research has shown direct evidence that babies are exposed to illegal levels of arsenic despite the EU regulation to specifically address this health challenge. Babies are particularly vulnerable to the damaging effects of arsenic that can prevent the healthy development of a baby's growth, IQ and immune system to name but a few...