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Arsenic in vegetables still within limit - 7 Feb 2003

A research found arsenic accumulation in locally produced vegetables, but the concentrations apparently did not exceed the acceptable limits. "But arsenic content in some cases is found higher in vegetables grown with arsenic contaminated water," said Prof. M Feroze Ahmed at the Department of Civil Engineering, Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET) at a seminar.

Leafy vegetables contained more arsenic than the fruity ones, he said while presenting the finds at the conclusion of a two-day seminar on "Fate of Arsenic in Environment" held at BUET Council Bhaban.

A high level of arsenic is found in the roots of rice plants, but the concentration is very low in the stem, leaves and husk. Besides, arsenic in rice is relatively low, he said.

A team of local and foreign researchers under the auspices of BUET and the United Nations University, Japan found that some vegetables were arsenic accumulators. But specification and availability of arsenic present in all food items are required to understand the possible health effects, Ahmed added.

Dr. Zafar Adeel at the Department of Civil Engineering of BUET presented some recommendations at the seminar. These include finding ways to complete mass balance of arsenic in the environment and identifying endpoints. (The Daily Star)



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