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High Levels of Arsenic in Rice Linked to Elevated Genetic Damage in Humans

Health & Wellness  (tags: health, disease, research, risks, safety, rice, world, warning, diet, cancer, food )

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Researchers have recently raised concerns about the high level of arsenic in many rice growing areas across the world.

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Sheila D (194)
Thursday July 25, 2013, 7:00 pm
OK - need to know if y organic rice s safe?? How do I know which to aoid?? Big, big rice eater here. Scary.
Thank you Carrie, I think??

Carrie B (306)
Thursday July 25, 2013, 7:06 pm
I have tried to do some research on this myself because I make are dogs' food which is rice, chicken, veggies and fruit. They eat this twice daily. We also eat rice. The following is from Consumer

"Organic rice baby cereal, rice breakfast cereals, brown rice, white rice—new tests by Consumer Reports have found that those and other types of rice products on grocery shelves contain arsenic, many at worrisome levels.

Arsenic not only is a potent human carcinogen but also can set up children for other health problems in later life.

Following our January investigation, "Arsenic in Your Juice," which found arsenic in apple and grape juices, we recently tested more than 200 samples of a host of rice products. They included iconic labels and store brands, organic products and conventional ones; some were aimed at the booming gluten-free market.

The results of our tests were even more troubling in some ways than our findings for juice. In virtually every product tested, we found measurable amounts of total arsenic in its two forms. We found significant levels of inorganic arsenic, which is a carcinogen, in almost every product category, along with organic arsenic, which is less toxic but still of concern. Moreover, the foods we checked are popular staples, eaten by adults and children alike."

David C (25)
Thursday July 25, 2013, 7:11 pm
am i going blind or does this article completely fail to mention WHERE the As is coming from ?

Carrie B (306)
Thursday July 25, 2013, 7:15 pm
"Though arsenic can enter soil or water due to weathering of arsenic-containing minerals in the earth, humans are more to blame than Mother Nature for arsenic contamination in the U.S. today, according to the federal Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry. The U.S. is the world’s leading user of arsenic, and since 1910 about 1.6 million tons have been used for agricultural and industrial purposes, about half of it only since the mid-1960s. Residues from the decades of use of lead-arsenate insecticides linger in agricultural soil today, even though their use was banned in the 1980s. Other arsenical ingredients in animal feed to prevent disease and promote growth are still permitted. Moreover, fertilizer made from poultry waste can contaminate crops with inorganic arsenic."

Jason S (50)
Thursday July 25, 2013, 7:22 pm
Good posting, thanks

Birgit W (160)
Thursday July 25, 2013, 7:35 pm
Is there anything left we can actually eat without killing ourselves?

Joanne Dixon (38)
Thursday July 25, 2013, 7:35 pm
I think by "where" David C may mean "where in the world." Are there any countries, or states, or parts of states that tested better than others? I would also be interested.

Sheila D (194)
Thursday July 25, 2013, 7:35 pm
Thank you so much for the extra info. It is greatly appreciated. Now I will figure out what I can eat instead of rice - eat it very regularly with soy and veggies. Sorry for my earlier post - it looks like I had a few too many.

Sue Matheson (79)
Thursday July 25, 2013, 8:01 pm

Carrie B (306)
Thursday July 25, 2013, 8:11 pm
May I suggest you read the following article which has charts, brands, etc? This seems to be world wide.
Arsenic In Your Food

Past Member (0)
Thursday July 25, 2013, 8:16 pm

Laurie H (817)
Thursday July 25, 2013, 9:13 pm
This was on Dr. Oz and it's very distressing. I recall that he said if you have it, first rinse it out very, very, well under running water, & then boil it like noodles with lots of water & cook it till all the water boils out. I tried that & it gets kind of mushy. Thank you Carrie for this !!!!~

Helen Porter (39)
Thursday July 25, 2013, 11:01 pm
Our food is poisoned,

I guess we need to stop the eating habit.

Perhaps they'll want to inject us with whatever.

I say NO!!!

Eternal G (745)
Friday July 26, 2013, 1:20 am
We really need to ditch the pesticides and rekindle our passion for Organic gardening!

Syd H (48)
Friday July 26, 2013, 1:34 am
I do remember now US rice farmers being upset because much of the world blocked imports of US rice due to the arsenic issues.

Anyway as I put in my comment on your other post, part of the ongoing problem is the pesticides allowed in the US along with the feeding of it to poultry which is another source for those who eat meat, then using the litter for fertilizer. However, to save money many factory farms are feeding the chicken litter back to cows which is really disgusting because chicken feed often has ground up bits of cow including the spinal and brain parts so it's a backdoor way to spread Mad Cow, except to get around that, producers slaughter cows, including dairy cows by 5 years before they can start to visibly show symptoms.

Crazy food world. We have to know what they are doing so we can object but also make better choices for ourselves. Our ignorance is their profit. :(


SuSanne P (193)
Friday July 26, 2013, 5:38 am
Thank you Carrie. Zee nailed it as usual in her comment! I work my arse off to grow ORGANIC and have for decades. I certainly don't trust the FDA either. Unfortunately I don't have the land to grow rice but as it is such an important staple in my (our) diet I trust the non GMO, non FRANKENFOOD, non Monsanto varieties available. Carrie I thank you for the Consumer Report as well.

Anne P (174)
Friday July 26, 2013, 6:01 am
Thanks for posting this, Carrie. I have been reading about arsenic in both conventional and organic rice - scary. Here's a Consumer Reports article with more details:

Chelsie H (19)
Friday July 26, 2013, 6:15 am
Noted; thanks for sharing.

Past Member (0)
Friday July 26, 2013, 6:35 am
This is the consequence of our worsening the environment

Mike M (40)
Friday July 26, 2013, 7:54 am
As long as we stand by and let this happen the worse it will get.

Angelika R (143)
Friday July 26, 2013, 9:32 am
This was posted 1 or 2 yrs ago by Kit, I've known about it. If I'm not mistaken, a German report back then said that rice from CA was least contaminated while Asian brands had most in it.

Carrie B (306)
Friday July 26, 2013, 10:53 am
Studies change over time and there are still many people who do not know about arsenic in rice.

Terrie Williams (798)
Friday July 26, 2013, 10:56 am
I knew about this some months back and have been cutting way down on our rice consumption. I love rice. BUT, I can rarely afford the non-GMO, Organic brands so now rice has become a 'treat' for us. SIGH. The elites want to kill us off by the billions and the second best way to do that is through our food supply. Everyone has to eat something to sustain life. Oh, yeah, the second way is through a Avian Flu, Swine Flu, etc. You get the picture.

I the rich. :)

S S (0)
Friday July 26, 2013, 1:44 pm
Thank you.

Lona G (80)
Saturday July 27, 2013, 5:00 am
As others have mentioned, the article doesn't say where the arsenic is coming from. My guess is for a small part naturally from the soil, but for the main part from pesticides containing arsenic. It wouldn't surprise me that rice is contaminated easier because it is mostly grown in wet fields where the arsenic can easily be taken up by the root system. Growing rice that can tolerate a drier environment and a ban on the pesticides will help, but where the contamination with arsenic is high, the soil needs to be cleaned. Perhaps there are non-food crops that 'like' arsenic and take it out while growing?

It would be nice if Care2 came with an article with types of rice are less susceptible to arsenic and regions which are relatively safe for rice to grow so we can buy the safer brands if we chose to.

Lois Jordan (63)
Sunday July 28, 2013, 5:43 pm
Noted. Thanks for the info, Carrie.

James Mount (0)
Saturday August 3, 2013, 5:23 am
Nice Post, ti's really contain some nice information regarding arsenic i like it and thanks for sharing...
I have one question if human being take arsenic from crops for more amount then it's beneficial or not,
2nd question if any person eat food which contain more food then what happen...please give your advice....
arsenic speciation
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