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FDA study says amount of arsenic in rice is low

September 6, 2013 • Business


In this Aug. 7, 2013, file photo, farmer Ben Burgess carries a type of low-yield rice from a rice field near Coy, Ark. 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. The agency released a study Friday, Sept. 6, 2013, of arsenic in 1,300 samples of rice and rice products, the largest study to date looking at the carcinogen’s presence in that grain. Consumer groups have pressured the FDA to set a standard for the amount of arsenic that can be present in rice products.(AP Photo/Danny Johnston, File)

WASHINGTON (AP) — 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.

The agency released a study Friday of arsenic in 1,300 samples of rice and rice products, the largest study to date looking at the carcinogen’s presence in that grain. Consumer groups have pressured the FDA to set a standard for the amount of arsenic that can be present in rice products.

The study shows varying levels, with the most arsenic in brown rice and the least in instant rice. Infant cereal and infant rice formulas Login to read more

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