Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Arsenic in Rice Products!



"Arsenic Found in All Rice Products
: Alarming levels of harmful arsenic have been found in every rice product tested by the FDA in its ongoing investigation, reports the Chicago Tribune.
There is currently no official upside to the amount of inorganic arsenic, a known carcinogen, allowed in food.
But Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan said in a statement: "First and foremost, I want to warn parents that every rice cereal product we tested contained arsenic. These results are shocking because rice cereal is often a baby's first solid food. Parents and caregivers should moderate the amount of rice products they feed their children, while the FDA sets standards to limit this known carcinogen in our food." via Chicago 

Well, given that all** rice produced in the US is GM* as well... umm ... time to ask for non-GMO and non-arsenic products when you shop? When they say sorry, put the stuff back on the shelf. Maybe the retailers will get the message if enough of us do this?

*There is more to this story - click on the Chicago link above.


** Unless, by some small miracle there is a pocket of truly organic rice fields or paddies with water not previously  filtered through mine tailings somewhere in the US.


I'm on holiday right now but will expand on this story later in the year.
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