Table 2.

Mean adjusted total arsenic content of foods and the reported conversion factors from total arsenic to iAs used in the dietary exposure estimates

Total arsenic lower bound mean levelTotal arsenic upper bound mean level
Food group(mg/kg)(mg/kg)Mean% iAs
All cereal and cereal products0.06710.084830–100a
 Cereal-based dishes0.01570.0283
 Cereal and cereal products0.08250.1017
Sugar products and chocolate0.01350.032030–100a
Fats (vegetable and animal)0.00630.024530–100a
All vegetables, nuts, pulses0.01210.021230–100a
 Vegetable soups0.00500.0110
 Vegetables, nuts, pulses0.01220.0213
Starchy roots and tubers0.00310.014230–100a
Fruits0.00510.015530–100a
Juices, soft drinks, and bottled water0.00300.006830–100a
 Fruit and vegetable juices0.00480.0129
 Soft drinks0.00440.0132
 Bottled water0.00230.0041
Coffee, tea, cocoa0.00340.005130–100a
Alcoholic beverages0.00550.015130–100a (this category not
 Beer and substitutes0.00540.0161detailed in GEMS diets
 Wine and substitutes0.00610.0110database and hence
 Other alcoholic beverages0.00850.0155was not used for calculations)
All meat and meat products, offal0.00440.0138100b
 Meat and meat products0.00420.0137
 Edible offal and offal products0.00440.0139
 Meat-based preparations0.01210.0185
All fish and seafood1.61361.6159Standard ratio
 Seafood and seafood products5.55375.55450.015 – 0.10 mg/kga
 Fish and fish products1.44261.4549
 Fish-based preparations1.15241.1573
Eggs0.00420.011741b
Milk and milk-based products0.00440.013926b
 Milk and dairy-based drinks0.00260.0104
 Dairy-based products0.00680.0184
 Cheese0.00650.0188
Miscellaneous/special dietary products0.39930.418730–100a (Category not
 Miscellaneous products0.24490.2658detailed in GEMS)
 Foods for special dietary uses0.43830.4573

NOTE: Data adapted from references 14 and 26.

  • aData adapted from reference 14.

  • bReference: 33.