Arzénvizsgálatok ivóvízből és élelmiszerekből

Translated title of the contribution: Determination of arsenic in drinking water and several food items

Éva Sugár, Viktor Gábor Mihucz, G. Záray

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According to community regulation, the arsenic content of drinking water in the European Union cannot exceed 10 μg/L. However, before harmonization, the allowable arsenic concentration according to Hungarian regulation was 50 μg/L. The authors of this study investigated whether it is justified, in view of domestic drinking water and food consumption data, to apply arsenic limits prescribed by the EU, that are much stricter than the former Hungarian regulation. For this reason, arsenic content of drinking waters from Békés, Bács-Kiskun, Csongrád and Pest counties were analyzed, and this was supplemented by the measurement of the arsenic concentration of nine major food groups in a way that arsenic concentration of the drinking water used for the manufacture of the foods was also determined. In addition, two characteristically Hungarian menus were created, containing the recommended daily energy intake of 2000 kcal. During the study, the amount of arsenic entering the human body when comsuming these menus was also determined. The toxic effect of arsenic depends on their chemical form. Inorganic forms of arsenic are significantly more toxic than organic ones, therefore, to identify arsenic forms in water and food samples, for determination of species ionexchanged filled column and coupled HPLCICP- MS technique were applied. This way, not only the total arsenic content of the samples was determined, but also the distribution of the arsenic content between the different chemical forms. Thus, a more accurate picture could be formed about the risk characteristic of the average Hungarian diet, due to domestic consumption of drinking water and foods. The conclusion reached by the authors of this report was that arsenic entering the human body with foods did not pose a significant public health risk in Hungary, even when the drinking water limit value was 50 μg/L.

Original languageHungarian
Pages (from-to)163-176
Number of pages14
JournalElelmiszervizsgalati Kozlemenyek
Volume60
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Jun 30 2014

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Arzénvizsgálatok ivóvízből és élelmiszerekből. / Sugár, Éva; Mihucz, Viktor Gábor; Záray, G.

In: Elelmiszervizsgalati Kozlemenyek, Vol. 60, No. 2, 30.06.2014, p. 163-176.

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Sugár, Éva ; Mihucz, Viktor Gábor ; Záray, G. / Arzénvizsgálatok ivóvízből és élelmiszerekből. In: Elelmiszervizsgalati Kozlemenyek. 2014 ; Vol. 60, No. 2. pp. 163-176.
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