FDA: Not enough arsenic in rice to cause immediate health fears, looking at long-term effects

  • Article by: MARY CLARE JALONICK , Associated Press
  • Updated: September 6, 2013 - 8:22 PM

WASHINGTON — The Food and Drug Administration says consumers shouldn't worry too much about levels of arsenic in rice — but should vary their diets just in case.

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margeanncullenSep. 6, 1311:24 PM

Oh yes we can trust the FDA oh for sure! Brown rice meaning wild rice? What a joke our country is and still is going down hill.

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nessmessSep. 7, 13 7:39 AM

Brown rice is not wild rice, they (brown and wild) are not even the same species... You will find that organic rice will have higher levels of arsenic than processed (Instant white rice)... Arsenic is used by the body in small quantities (it comes from the soil), so variety and moderation in the diet are two good philosophies to abide by... For instance, oranges are not the best or only source of Vitamin C, Red peppers are a much better, so you don't need to drink orange juice every day...

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ruphinaSep. 7, 13 8:17 AM

Let's put 7.2 micrograms in perspective. To get ONE gram of arsenic, you could have one serving of the rice at 7.2, 3 times a day, every day, for 126 years. This looks like another case of the ability to measure small amounts far exceeding our mental capacity to deal with the true risk. If the amount really is that low, the odds are that there is no risk. Of course, the fact that huge numbers of Asians have eaten large amounts daily for millennia, and that there are more than 3 times (4x?)as many Chinese as Americans could also be a clue to it's non-lethality. Bill G.

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