Risk from winter vegetables and pulses produced in arsenic endemic areas of Nadia District: field study comparison with market basket survey

Bull Environ Contam Toxicol. 2012 Jun;88(6):909-14. doi: 10.1007/s00128-012-0569-z. Epub 2012 Mar 4.


Arsenic contaminated groundwater uses for irrigation potentially lead the incidence of arsenic into food chain. In present study we examined total arsenic concentrations in 32 types of vegetables and 7 types of pulses. Range of total arsenic concentration in edible parts of vegetables collected from grown fields was 0.114-0.910 mg/kg. Highest arsenic values were in spinach 0.910 mg/kg. Vegetable samples were grouped into leafy, non-leafy-fruity, root-tubers. 18 common types of vegetables and pulses were collected through market basket survey, total arsenic were approximately 100 mg lower than those observed for the vegetables collected from the fields.

MeSH terms

  • Arsenic / analysis*
  • Environmental Monitoring
  • Food Contamination / analysis*
  • Food Contamination / statistics & numerical data
  • India
  • Risk Assessment
  • Seasons
  • Soil Pollutants / analysis*
  • Vegetables / chemistry*


  • Soil Pollutants
  • Arsenic