joseph wittenberg wrote:Have they stated where the arsenic is from, seems the obvious answer is soil (water), just curious.
Russ White wrote:There is always some present in soil but the numbers don't add up right. Would be my guess that it is pesticide based. Seems that half lives theory of the pesticides becoming inert with time may be wrong due to over use or build up in soil.
Daniel Morse wrote:Does the organic rice farm have a web page?
Jocelyn Campbell wrote:A friend who works for PCC (Puget Consumers Coop) in the Seattle area just e-mailed the attached memo on arsenic in rice. It's based on a Consumer Reports article published last year.
In short, the memo states that California-grown rice has somewhat safer levels of arsenic, but it's still wise to limit consumption - especially for children. PCC stopped selling infant rice cereal because of this.
The new rice rules: 7 points per week
We used our new data and analysis to assign a point value to types of rice foods.
On average, we recommend getting no more than 7 points per week.
Risk analysis is based on weight, so a serving of any food will give children more points than adults.
Arsenic is present in the environment as a naturally occurring substance or as a result of contamination from human activity. It is found in water, air, soil and foods. In foods, arsenic may be present as inorganic arsenic (the most toxic form of arsenic) or organic arsenic. FDA has been monitoring the levels of arsenic in foods for decades, and in 2011, increased its testing.
On September 6, 2013, FDA released the analytical results of approximately 1,100 new samples of rice and rice products as part of a major effort to understand and manage possible arsenic-related risks associated with the consumption of these foods in the U.S. marketplace. These 1,100 new samples are in addition to the approximately 200 samples of rice and rice products that the FDA initially tested and released the findings in September 2012.