Fishery products: impacts of upcoming new maximum levels for inorganic arsenic

Published by SIPA

Please note the following message from FRUCOM (copied from the FRUCOM newsletter of 16/01/2023):

FRUCOM received a question regarding the upcoming new maximum level for inorganic arsenic: would these new values have an impact on the members of FRUCOM working with fishery products?

The European Commission, Health and Food Safety Directorate-General informed the WTO back in May 2022 of the new draft regulation on maximum level for inorganic arsenic.

The new maximum level for inorganic arsenic (mg/kg wet weight) are:

Muscle meat of fish, excluding species listed below 0,020

Muscle meat of the following fish: anchovy (Engraulis species) eel (Anguilla species) halibut (Hipoglossus species) mackerel (Scomber species) plaice (Pleuronectes species), shad (Alosa species), sprat (Sprattus sprattus) shark (all species) 0,080

Crustaceans: muscle meat from appendages and abdomen. In case of crabs and crab-like crustaceans (Brachyura and Anomura) muscle meat from appendages. 0,070

Bivalve molluscs Bivalve molluscs other than those mentioned bellow 0,090

Clams (Myidae, Cardiidae, Veneridae and Arcidae species) and horse mussel (Modiolus modiolus) 0,35

Salt 0,50

More information:

If you would like to comment on the proposed levels, please get in touch with me at and I will pass them on to FRUCOM.