Arsenic in Rice: FDA Lacks Standards on Carcinogens in Food

Sep 22, 2012 12:50 AM EDT | By Juan Fernandez

  • print
Handful of rice
Rice imports will be well-tested for arsenic before being sold to the general public. (Photo : Reuters)

There are currently no federal standards for arsenic in rice, rice-based products, and other foods. The R.I.C.E Act proposed by three members of Congress on Friday will require that a limit be set on amounts of arsenic found in rice and rice products.

Like Us on Facebook

"R.I.C.E Act" stands for Reducing food-based Inorganic and organic Compounds Exposure Act will require that the FDA set and enforce a maximum level of arsenic found in foods.

"The idea that high levels of arsenic, a known carcinogen, are present in rice, cereal, and other common, everyday foods is absolutely outrageous," said Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-Conn). "The federal government has an obligation to every American family to ensure that the food they consume is safe and should not make them sick. This is not the first time we have been alerted to the dangers of arsenic, and quite simply we must do more to ensure that our food supply is safe."


A Consumer Reports study has found alarming amounts of arsenic in 60 different rice products. The products range from rice to cereals, chips to milk. The findings showed that arsenic levels varied depending on the soil where the rice had been grown, with aggravated levels of arsenic in rice grown in Arkansas, Louisiana, Missouri, and Texas. Rice from California or imported from South-East Asian countries like Malaysia did not have the same levels, according to the study.

Further coverage on arsenic in rice can be found here:

Arsenic in Rice: Shocking Test Results Reveal High Arsenic Poisoning Risks

Rice and Arsenic: What is Arsenic Poisoning?

Arsenic in Brown Rice: Asians and Hispanic Affected More Than Average American

Arsenic in Rice Milk Causes Worry Among Parents of Small Children

© 2015 Food World News. All rights reserved. Do not reproduce without permission.
Get the Most Popular Food Stories in a Weekly Newsletter
TrendingOn The Web
Food Biz
Do’s And Don’ts Of Eating Sushi

Do’s And Don’ts Of Eating Sushi

Do's and don'ts of eating sushi-Whether you're used to eating sushi everyday or just new and want to try it out, it's important that you know how to properly eat this food with extraordinary tradition and presentation. Knowing how to eat it could influence more its flavor and enjoy the experience.

KFC Philippines

KFC Double Down Dog: Yup, Hot Dog Wrapped In Fried Chicken [PHOTOS]

The Kentucky Fried Chicken invention of the Double Down, a burger with no buns, where they're switched for two pieces of fried chicken around a patty, has given the world a great many number of food travesties, including a version with a patty filled with beef and bacon; now, the KFC Double Down dog.

Chipotle Shares Double After IPO

Chipotle ‘Free’ Burrito At Price: Patrons Must Try Tofu Sofritas

Any lover of Mexican food and Tex-Mex will agree that the new promo that could give you a Chipotle free burrito or any other menu item without a cost is one of the greatest inventions in food; however, Chipotle Mexican Grill definitely has a hidden intention behind the new promotion.

Food Tech
Burgeoning Craft Beer Industry Creates Niche Market For Limited Release Beers

Next Glass App: The App That Chooses Wine And Beer You’ll Love!

For those who love to have a nice glass of wine or beer during the weekends - which is just about everyone or almost -, there's a new way to keep the guessing out of the way you choose what to drink: the Next Glass app chooses drinks according to what you love!

A national survey done by the North Carolina State University and the University of Minnesota representatives suggests that most U.S. consumers are ready to accept genetically modified and nanotech products if it is enhanced with nutrition and are safe.

U.S. Consumers, Ready To Accept Genetically Modified, Nanotech Products If It Is Healthy And Safe, New Survey Reveals

A national survey done by the North Carolina State University and the University of Minnesota representatives suggests that most U.S. consumers are ready to accept genetically modified and nanotech products if it is enhanced with nutrition and are safe.

Starbucks Introduces Wireless Chargers In 200 Stores

Starbucks Introduces Wireless Chargers In 200 Stores

Starbucks Wireless Chargers – Starbucks announced that from Tuesday, there would be 200 stores in the San Francisco Bay Area which count with wireless charging spots.

Real Time Analytics