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Inorganic Arsenic Found in Rice Products By FDA and Consumer Reports

Studies from the U. S. Food and Drug Administration and Consumer Reports magazine have found a high amount of a carcinogenic in rice, according to a report released on Wednesday, September 19, 2012.

Studies by these organizations show that many rice products have high levels of organic and inorganic arsenic in rice products. Inorganic arsenic is considered a carcinogenic or cancer-causing agent. Currently, the U.S. FDA does not have standard levels regarding how much of this agent can be present in food stuffs. They have stated that they are prioritizing further assessments in order to make recommendations.

Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan stated that her office tested food products as well, finding troubling amounts of the inorganic agent in infant rice formula. Madigan is calling on the FDA to do further research to create a standard regarding inorganic arsenic as rice is used in so many food products for children. She also cautioned parents to moderate the amount of rice products they feed their families.

The food that we feed to our children should not make us wonder if it might cause health problems. If you or a loved one knows a family dealing with illness from a defective food product, call Spiros Law, P.C., at (815) 929-9292.