In 2009, the EFSA Panel on Contaminants in the Food Chain (CONTAM) adopted a Scientific Opinion on the presence of arsenic in food. In this Opinion, it was concluded that small organoarsenic species like MMA and DMA and the complex organoarsenic species like arsenosugars and arsenolipids could not be considered in the risk characterisation, because of a lack of data. It was also concluded that the complex organoarsenic species arsenobetaine was not of toxicological concern. The European Commission has asked the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) for an update of the risk assessment of inorganic arsenic of 2009. This Opinion was published in 2024. In addition to the risk assessment on small organoarsenic species that is presented here, the European Commission has also asked for a risk assessment on complex organoarsenic species.

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