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7/3/2014

CREAL: High seafood intake causes increased arsenic levels in pregnant women

CREAL: High seafood intake causes increased arsenic levels in pregnant women


News from the CREAL


The INMA study (Infancia y Medio Ambiente-Environment and Childhood) has analyzed levels of urinary arsenic (inorganic and organic) in the first and third trimester of pregnancy in 489 pregnant women from Sabadell (Barcelona) and has found higher levels of arsenic than in pregnant women from other European and North American populations, but similar levels to those from other Mediterranean countries. This is likely due to the higher consumption of fish and shellfish in Mediterranean populations.

More information:

CREAL website

Reference:

Fort M, Grimalt JO, Casas M, Sunyer J. Food sources of arsenic in pregnant Mediterranean women with high urine concentrations of this metalloid. Environ Sci Pollut Res Int 2014 (in press)