Should we be worried about antimony levels in juices? (en)

maandag 1 maart 2010

A recent study uncovering levels of antimony in juices above EU limits for drink water has provoked calls for more research into the issue but industry insists that juices are safe.

Writing in the Journal of Environmental Monitoring, scientists at the University of Copenhagen studied antimony levels in 42 juice drinks and found antimony concentrations above EU limits for drinking water in eight of them.

This discovery is of concern to the soft drinks industry because antimony is a suspected carcinogen that resembles arsenic on a chemical level.
Oskarsson said animal experiments have linked antimony to cancer but knowledge on exposure and toxicity is generally scarce. The Professor said there is enough evidence to be concerned but more research is required covering general toxicology as well as reproductive and cancer risks.

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