Inorganic arsenic found in rice
Concern is being raised about arsenic levels in rice after a consumer magazine discovered “troubling” amounts of the potential toxin in samples of rice and rice products.
Published Wednesday, September 19, 2012 5:25PM MDT
Last Updated Wednesday, September 19, 2012 5:38PM MDT
A Consumer Reports investigation has uncovered worrisome levels of arsenic in rice and rice products.
The tested products were grown or made in the U.S. but many are available for sale in southern Alberta.
In Canada, as it is in the United States, there are no regulations governing how much inorganic arsenic is allowed in rice.
Consumer Reports tested more than 60-products, all contained arsenic.
Many had troubling levels of man-made arsenic, which is the most toxic form. Man-made arsenic is linked to skin, lung, and bladder cancer.
“We already know that even low levels of arsenic exposure increase your risk of cancer and other health problems,” says Andrea Rock of Consumer Reports. “We don't want to alarm people, but we do recommend that you limit the amount of rice that you eat.”
Health Canada says, despite the latest arsenic in rice surveillance data, it is not recommending any change for consumer’s consumption of rice.
The U.S.A. Rice Federation echoes Health Canada's sentiment.