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Food. With the exceptions of seafood, and animal and poultry offal, the concentration of arsenic in food appears to be generally <0.25 mg/kg. The actual concentrations determined depend upon the limits of determination of the method of analysis and the competence of the analyst. With the exceptions mentioned above recent information (Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, 1982) indicates that the concentration of arsenic in food prepared for human consumption is commonly <0.02 mg/kg. Plant foods may be contaminated by the deposition of atmospheric arsenic emitted by industry (Hislop et al., 1982; Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, 1982) or through the use of arsenical pesticides, such as lead arsenate (Crecelius, 1977a).....
TABLE 2. ARSENIC CONTENT OF FOOD GROUPS DETERMINED IN THE 1978 UK TOTAL DIET STUDY (MINISTRY OF AGRICULTURE, FISHERIES AND FOOD, 1982)
Estimated Mean arsenic Estimated mean Food group weight eaten concentration daily intake (kg/day) (mg/kg) (µg)
Would arsenic accumulate in fish like mercury? If so, then fish that is not a 'tooth fish' should have lower levels of arsenic, as should sardines which are caught quite young I believe...the toxin won't have had enough time to accumulate.
There is a guy on the forum that seems to know a lot about fish...san j- maybe he'll have an input here