Public health risks from heavy metals and metalloids present in traditional Chinese medicines

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Title Public health risks from heavy metals and metalloids present in traditional Chinese medicines
Author Cooper, Kelli; Noller, Bary; Connell, Des; Yu, Jimmy; Sadler, Ross; Olszowy, Henry; Golding, Gary; Tinggi, Ujang; Moore, Michael R.; Myers, Stephen
Journal Name Journal of Toxicology and Environmental Health. Part A
Editor Sam Kacew
Year Published 2007
Place of publication United States
Publisher Taylor and Francis
Abstract Out of 247 traditional Chinese medicines (TCM) investigated, a proportion were contaminated with arsenic (5-15%), lead (∼5%), and mercury (∼65%). Some preparations exceeded the tolerable daily intake (TDI) for males and females for arsenic (4 and 5 products, respectively), lead (1 and 2 products), and mercury (5 and 7 products). These exceedances were as high as 2760-fold, which posed a potential danger to public health. As many users are known to self-prescribe, there is a substantial risk of poisoning from the consumption of these contaminated TCM.
Peer Reviewed Yes
Published Yes
Publisher URI http://www.tandf.co.uk/journals/titles/15287394.asp
Alternative URI http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/15287390701434885
Copyright Statement Copyright 2007 Taylor & Francis. Please refer to the journal's website for access to the definitive, published version.
Volume 70
Page from 1694
Page to 1699
ISSN 1528-7394
Date Accessioned 2007-11-30
Date Available 2009-09-01T06:00:09Z
Language en_AU
Research Centre Atmospheric Environment Research Centre
Faculty Faculty of Science, Environment, Engineering and Technology
Subject PRE2009-Environmental Chemistry (incl. Atmospheric Chemistry); PRE2009-Environmental and Occupational Health and Safety
URI http://hdl.handle.net/10072/17061
Publication Type Journal Articles (Refereed Article)
Publication Type Code c1

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