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Sunday, January 25, 2015

Consumer Reports Finds Arsenic in 60 Brands of Rice -- Yikes!

It was in 2012 that Consumer Reports published their findings that concerning levels of arsenic were found in organic rice baby cereal, rice breakfast cereals, brown rice, and white rice. What is disturbing about this is the fact that currently there is no federal limit for arsenic in rice and rice products.

The dangers of arsenic

Even small amounts of arsenic are dangerous; arsenic not only is a potent human carcinogen but even small amounts of arsenic on a regular basis can increase the risk of bladder, lung, and skin cancer, as well as heart disease and type 2 diabetes. It can also cause health problems for children as they grow older.

How much arsenic was found?

In drinking water, the standard for arsenic is 10 parts per billion (ppb). But, according to Consumer Reports, even using half that standard, or 5-ppb, their study found that a single serving of some rices could give an average adult almost one and a half times the inorganic arsenic he or she would get from a whole day’s consumption of water, about 1 liter.

Since Consumer Reports released their findings in 2012, they have been trying to get the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to set federal limits on the amount of arsenic in food. The FDA's response so far has been "The FDA’s ongoing assessment of arsenic in rice remains a priority for the agency."

To read more about arsenic in rice and safe rice choices, visit
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