Food Science and Biotechnology

, Volume 27, Issue 2, pp 617–622 | Cite as

Inorganic arsenic contents in infant rice powders and infant rice snacks marketed in Korea determined by a highly sensitive gas chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry following derivatization with British Anti-Lewisite

  • Mun Yhung Jung


Toxic inorganic arsenic (iAs) has been reported to be present in high quantity in rice and rice-based products. The inorganic arsenic contents in infant foods (n = 59) of ready-to-cook infant rice powders and infant rice snacks marketed in Korea were determined by a highly sensitive gas chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry (GC–MS/MS). The mean iAs contents in the infant rice powder and infant rice snacks were 65.6 and 54.0 μg/kg, respectively. The percentages of rice powders and rice snack containing iAs over the maximum level (100 μg/kg) set by EU for the infant foods were found to be 21, and 6%, respectively. This result clearly suggested that regulation regarding the maximum limit of iAs levels for the baby rice products is urgently needed to be set in Korea. This represents the first report on the iAs levels in ready-to-cook infant rice powder products and infant snacks marketed in Korea.


Safety Infant foods Method validation Gas chromatography–mass spectrometry 



The author greatly appreciates Ms. Ju Hee Kang and Ms. Hyun Jeong Jung for their technical assistances.

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The author declares no conflict of interest.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Food and Biotechnology, Graduate SchoolWoosuk UniversityWanju-GunRepublic of Korea
  2. 2.Agricultural and Food Product Safety Analysis CenterWoosuk UniversityWanju-GunRepublic of Korea

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