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Comment & Response
February 2014

Arsenic in Rice and Other Foods—Reply

Author Affiliations
  • 1Department of Environmental Health Sciences, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Baltimore, Maryland
  • 2Department of Epidemiology, Welch Center for Prevention, Epidemiology, and Clinical Research, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Baltimore, Maryland
  • 3Department of Health Policy and Management, Johns Hopkins Center for Livable Future, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Baltimore, Maryland
JAMA Intern Med. 2014;174(2):298-299. doi:10.1001/jamainternmed.2013.11990

In Reply In 2008, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) specified a 23-µg/L (or parts per billion) “level of concern” for arsenic in apple and pear juice, noting that samples exceeding this level would be considered, along with “other factors,” to determine whether regulatory action would be needed. Neither the other factors nor the nature of the regulatory action were specified.1

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