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Dietary exposure of secondary school students in Hong Kong to benzoic acid in prepackaged non-alcoholic beverages Part A Chemistry, analysis, control, exposure & risk assessment
- Ma, Ka Ming, Chan, Cheok Man, Chung, Stephen Wai Cheung, Ho, Yuk Yin, Xiao, Ying
- Food additives & contaminants 2009 v.26 no.1 pp. 12-16
- adolescent nutrition, adolescents, high school students, dietary exposure, food packaging, food additives, beverages, benzoic acid, food frequency questionnaires, soft drinks, fruit juices, soymilk, tea (beverage), coffee (beverage), maximum permissible intake, food preservatives, consumers, China
- This study evaluated the dietary exposure of secondary school students in Hong Kong to benzoic acid from pre-packaged non-alcoholic beverages. Exposure was estimated using local food consumption data of secondary school students obtained by a semi-quantitative food frequency questionnaire in 2000 and the benzoic acid level detected in pre-packaged beverages, including soft drink (both diet/light and regular types), fruit juice, soy milk, Chinese tea and coffee/tea) available locally in late 2006. The estimated dietary exposure to benzoic acid from pre-packaged beverages of average and high consumers (95th percentile) was 0.31 and 0.97 mg kg-1 bw day-1, respectively. These exposures accounted for 6.1 and 19.3% of the acceptable daily intake (ADI: 0-5 mg kg-1 bw) of benzoic acid for average and high consumers, respectively. As in other countries, soft drinks contributed most to dietary exposure to benzoic acid from pre-packaged beverages in Hong Kong.