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Analytical and Bioanalytical Chemistry

, Volume 399, Issue 5, pp 1735–1741 | Cite as

Critical review or scientific opinion paper: Arsenosugars—a class of benign arsenic species or justification for developing partly speciated arsenic fractionation in foodstuffs?

  • Jörg Feldmann
  • Eva M. Krupp
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Abstract

In this opinion paper the toxicokinetic behaviour of arsenosugars is reviewed and compared with that of inorganic arsenic and arsenobetaine. It is concluded that the arsenosugars are similar to inorganic arsenic in terms of metabolite formation and tissue accumulation. As a pragmatic means of generating uniform data sets which adequately represent the toxicity of arsenic in food we recommend reporting partly speciated arsenic concentrations in food commodities in three fractions: i) toxic inorganic arsenic as arsenate (after oxidation); ii) arsenobetaine as established non-toxic arsenic; and iii) potentially toxic arsenic, which includes arsenosugars and other organoarsenicals.

Keywords

arsenic speciation legislation food analysis metabolism accumulation 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.TESLA Trace Element Speciation LaboratoryUniversity of AberdeenAberdeenUK
  2. 2.ACES Aberdeen Centre for Environmental SustainabilityUniversity of AberdeenAberdeenUK

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