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Risk and health effect of boric acid


Ang, Swi See and Salleh, Abu Bakar and Abu Bakar, Fatimah and Yusof, Nor Azah and Abdulamir, Ahmed Sahib and Lee, Yook Heng (2010) Risk and health effect of boric acid. American Journal of Applied Sciences, 7 (5). pp. 620-627. ISSN 1546-9239; ESSN: 1554-3641


Problem statement: Boric acid is a pesticide usually used to kill mites, fungi, plants and insect including fleas, termites, cockroaches and wood decay fungi. Besides, it was also used in many fields such as food preservative, in newborn baby’s nurseries and antiseptic. Many reports indicated that boric acid poisoning occurred due to the misuse of household product and illegal use of boric acid in food product. In this study, the concern issue was the usage of boric acid that may lead to boric acid poisoning. Approach: This review had shown some information for boric acid such as its usage, the existent method for detection of boric acid in food. Besides, this review also discussed about the toxicology and pharmacokinetic of boric acid and the health impact of boric acid on human and animal. Result: Previous studies showed that food products such as yellow noodles contain boric acid. The boric acid level in most foods was different among the factory and the production period. It is due to the lack of standard measurement during the processing. Conclusion: Since boric acid was harmful to human health and may cause poisoning, hence, the control and the awareness of the usage of boric acid especially in food should be increased. There are numerous methods available for quantification of boric acid such as mannitol titration technique, colorimetric method. Accordingly, the analysis of boric acid is essential.

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Item Type: Article
Divisions: Faculty of Food Science and Technology
Faculty of Biotechnology and Biomolecular Sciences
Faculty of Science
Institute of Bioscience
DOI Number: https://doi.org/10.3844/ajassp.2010.620.627
Publisher: Science Publications
Keywords: Boric acid; Analytical methods; Toxic effect; Foods; Review
Depositing User: Khairil Ridzuan Khahirullah
Date Deposited: 20 May 2014 05:52
Last Modified: 23 Nov 2017 04:31
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URI: http://psasir.upm.edu.my/id/eprint/16580
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