There may be arsenic in your rice. This may or may not be worrisome.
September 19th, 2012
04:15 PM ET
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Eating rice once a day can increase arsenic levels in the body by at least 44%, according to a new study from Consumer Reports.

The study surveyed more than 60 different rice products ranging from infant cereals to rice pasta and rice drinks and found “worrisome” levels of inorganic arsenic in most of the products. Others suggest, however, the levels are not cause for concern.

According to the Centers for Disease Control, inorganic arsenic has been linked to liver, bladder, and lung cancer.

Urvashi Rangan, Consumer Reports lead scientist on the study, said the study isn’t meant to scare people from eating rice, rather “our investigation of arsenic in rice is supposed to inform consumers.”

Rangan said, “We wanted to help consumers at least be able to take action for themselves in terms of moderating themselves. We asked the government to set standards.”

Read - Report: 'Worrisome' levels of arsenic in rice

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  1. lyricy2k

    Dropping off like rats. After all they are what they eat. Lol;)

    October 2, 2012 at 10:50 pm |
  2. Wally

    Yeah, Asians all over the world are dying from eating rice. Uh huh, they're just dropping like flies ...

    September 28, 2012 at 11:59 am |
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    September 21, 2012 at 10:17 am |
  4. santos

    not too worried, if it was that dangerous, why isnt everyone in china collapsing by now

    September 21, 2012 at 12:30 am |
  5. SkyDotCom

    Arsenic in my rice??

    I'm much more concerned with the ricenic in my a r s e!!!

    September 20, 2012 at 8:50 pm |
  6. bullsballs

    but it is organic arsenic...

    September 20, 2012 at 3:09 pm |
  7. Seansa

    Yeah but a 44% increase may still be so miniscule that it doesn't matter. Still scary though. I wonder if rinsing the rice helps or if its imbedded in the grain itself.

    September 20, 2012 at 12:47 pm |
  8. T

    So why aren't they doing something about it ?
    Such as finding a way to REMOVE the arsenic from the rice before releasing it out into the public or better yet, growing new arsenic-free rice and removing all the tainted rice on the shelves.

    September 20, 2012 at 8:59 am |
    • Ichaukan

      But that would take effort, and freedom... I mean money.

      September 20, 2012 at 12:42 pm |
    • Matt

      Yes, clearly everyone should panic despite that there is something to be concerned about.

      September 20, 2012 at 7:36 pm |
      • Matt

        Gahhh! Sarcasm works so much better when you don't omit key phrases. That was supposed to be: "Yes, clearly everyone should panic despite that there's not enough information in the article to judge whether there is something to be concerned about."

        September 20, 2012 at 7:39 pm |
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