• Trivalent chromium is an essential human dietary element found in vegetable, meats, fruits, grains and yeast. It can be found in most multi-vitamins and is not a risk to public health.
• Hexavalent chromium can be generated from natural deposits of chromium in soils, as well as produced by industrial processes such as steel manufacturing and pulp mills.
Though scientists are in the process of determining whether hexavalent chromium poses a danger to drinking water supplies, a study by a doctor from the University of Genoa found that when ingested orally, i.e. through drinking water, the body has the ability to detoxify the compound through saliva and stomach acid and that its potential danger is further reduced in the intestine and liver.