Stability of arsenic compounds in seafood samples during processing and storage by freezing

Lisbeth Dahl, Marianne Molin, Heidi Amlund, Helle Margrethe Meltzer, Kåre Julshamn, Jan Alexander, Jens Jørgen Sloth

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In this study, the stability of arsenic compounds in fresh and frozen samples of raw, boiled and fried Atlantic cod (Gadhus morhua), Atlantic salmon (Salmo salar) and blue mussel (Mytilus edulis) were examined. Results show that the total arsenic concentrations of the fresh Atlantic cod and Atlantic salmon samples were not different from the frozen samples within the same seafood type. For blue mussel, the total arsenic concentration decreased significantly after storage. Inorganic arsenic was found only in blue mussels and, importantly, no significant increase of inorganic arsenic was observed after processing or after storage by freezing. The content of tetramethylarsonium ion was generally low in all samples types, but increased significantly in all fried samples of both fresh and frozen seafood. Upon storage by freezing, the arsenobetaine content was reduced significantly, but only in the samples of blue mussels.
Original languageEnglish
JournalFood Chemistry
Issue number3
Pages (from-to)720-727
Publication statusPublished - 2010


  • Storage
  • Arsenic
  • Processing
  • Freezing
  • Arsenic species
  • Seafood

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