Arsenic and Rice

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Urvashi Rangan, Director of Safety and Sustainability at Consumer Reports, talks about the recent investigation that found varying levels of arsenic in rice and rice products. Earlier this year, Consumer Reports found higher than expected levels of arsenic in apple and grape juices and called on the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to issue limits for arsenic in those juices. Based on its latest findings and analysis, Consumer Reports is asking the FDA to set limits for arsenic in rice and rice products.


Dr. Urvashi Rangan,

Comments [11]


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Mar. 07 2013 01:55 AM

Why is there still arsenic in rice that is grown organically? Is it residual arsenic in the soil?

Sep. 27 2012 01:19 PM
Tom from Elmhurst, NY

My takeaway from the talk: cook rice in much more water. Much more water. Drain the water away thoroughly. Try to eat rice sourced from Asia, which has lower levels of arsenic (see what another poster said about American rice being grown in old cotton fields). Even though she was ambivalent on whether organic rice was better for you in this context, remember it does have less pesticide/etc residue.

Sep. 27 2012 01:19 PM

Let's keep underfunding and gutting government agencies like the FDA . Small government proponents , this is what you get.

Sep. 27 2012 01:17 PM
Ivana from Yorkville

Is black or Japonica rice by Lundberg any better with less arsenic?

Sep. 27 2012 01:16 PM
Amy from Manhattan

Maybe I missed it--did Dr. Rangan ever explain that the organic & inorganic chemicals she's talking about are *compounds* of arsenic, which is an element? Calling them all just "arsenic" makes it sound as if they're all the same thing & could be confusing to people who don't know much chemistry.

Sep. 27 2012 01:15 PM
john from office

Is the proper word rices or is the plural of rice, just rise??

Sep. 27 2012 01:15 PM
Christine from Westchester

There go the rice krispy treats...

Sep. 27 2012 01:14 PM
Carol from NYC

Organic food and water filter on tap.

Sep. 27 2012 01:14 PM
Simon from manhattan

Does cooking the rice eliminate the danger from the arsenic.

Sep. 27 2012 01:12 PM
pliny from soho

rice especially brown rice is grown on old cotton fields
which have arsenic used to kill boll weevil

Sep. 27 2012 01:12 PM

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