Urgent new Report for US consumers: Arsenic in US Rice
Consumer Reports has recently issued an important notice for November 2012. This report notes that practically all rice grown in the US (organic or regular) contains over the EPA allowed amount of arsenic. Their study was only a snapshot of the New York metropolitan area and online markets, to guage the extent of arsenic’s presence in everyday foods. They note that arsenic is even found in cereals meant for infants between 4 and 12 months of age. Some of the arsenic is due to pesticides and other agricultural chemicals used in the past or today, but the report also notes that in part the arsenic may be due to the fact that the department of Agriculture has invested in research to breed types of rice that can withstand arsenic. However, Consumer Reports also points out that factors such as climate or geology may also play a part. They tested for both inorganic and organic arsenic (DMA and MMA organic arsenic) and proceeded to point out that while inorganic arsenic is most toxic there are also concerns about the 2 forms of organic arsenic. Finally, Consumer Reports noted that brown rice has even higher amounts of arsenic than white rice. Parents are advised not to give infants more than 1 serving of rice a day and to feed infants and children other grains and foods.