1 Paediatric and International Nutrition, Department of Nutrition, Exercise and Sports, Faculty of Science, Københavns Universitet2 University Children's Hospital Zagreb, Zagreb3 University Children's Hospital, Zurich4 Department of Paediatrics, University Hospital Motol, Prague5 Department of Paediatrics, University of Granada, Granada6 unknown7 University of Pecs8 Department of Clinical Sciences, Pediatrics, Umeå University, Umeå9 UCL Institute of Child Health10 Department of Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition, University Children's Hospital, University Medical Centre Ljubljana11 Department of Pediatrics, Harlaching, Munich Municipal Hospitals, Munich12 Pediatrics, VU University Medical Center Amsterdam Netherlands and Pediatrics, Emma Children's Hospital-AMC, Amsterdam13 University of Pecs14 Paediatric and International Nutrition, Department of Nutrition, Exercise and Sports, Faculty of Science, Københavns Universitet
Consensus Statement from the ESPGHAN Committee on Nutrition
Inorganic arsenic intake is likely to affect long-term health. High concentrations are found in some rice-based foods and drinks widely used in infants and young children. In order to reduce exposure we recommend avoidance of rice drinks for infants and young children. For all rice products, strict regulation should be enforced regarding arsenic content. Moreover, infants and young children should consume a balanced diet including a variety of grains as carbohydrate sources. While rice protein based infant formulas are an option for infants with cows' milk protein allergy, the inorganic arsenic content should be declared and the potential risks should be considered when using these products.
Journal of Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition, 2015, Vol 60, Issue 1, p. 142-145