Health roundup: Arsenic in rice raises concerns

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    HELLO??? Why is there ANY arsenic in my rice???? Is this what our Food and drug guys get paid for??? Maybe I have the wrong room or the wrong initials, or the wrong bureau, but obviously someone is getting paid to watch over poison in our food - and the buggers are using OUR/YOURS/MINE tax dollars to do it.

    AGAIN, why is there ANY arsenic in our rice, or anything else? Maybe some of them over seers should get booted out on their keisters.
     
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    OuR FDA is toothless. We need it to be a watchdog, but all it is is a lapdog for agri-business. :twocents:

    Rice is a staple in our house, :sigh:
     
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    Apparently, from reports yesterday, the levels of arsenic found in rice this week are '40 times' that which occurs naturally in rice. The report went on to say that many or most of our foods contain minimal levels of arsenic which occur naturally...in them. Who knew...

    In May, my husband and I began a "healthy eating plan". We have each lost over 30 pounds by cutting out wheat and most sugars and fried foods. We eat fresh fruits and veggies and grilled meats. We can have oats and RICE. So since May, we have been eating rice four or five times per week! Just our luck!
    Reports yesterday also said to cut back to once a week or so for single rice servings and consumers should be ok. More than that amount risk higher levels of arsenic which can cause cancer...so they say.
     
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    I'm so confused about food now. One day this is not good, the next week it is, a year later it still isn't.

    Our local news did a bit on this. Said the arsenic is in the water the rice is grown in. The only arsenic levels usually checked for are our drinking water, not food supply and foods grown in water. They also said this new evidence is not conclusive of causing caner and pointed out that many people in Asian countries eat it daily and it is not a problem there. Be sure to rinse your rice thoroughly before cooking.

    So, is rice safe or not safe? I eat it everyday!
     
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    Jacie Estes Medical Marijuana Advocate

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    Darn...I use InnovAsian Sticky White Rice a lot. Love homemade Chinese food with sticky white rice!
     
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    the FDA won't do anything about this. They aren't for our best interests. jmo
     
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    you get so many ppb in rice, so many ppb in apples, so many ppb in everything else you eat, they are ignoring the fact that it all adds up!
    :banghead:
     
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    BBM,Once a week for rice becuse of arsenic? C'mon. Why are we being subjected to arsenic above natural levels at all? Answer me that!
     
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    For our best interests? WE are paying their SALARIES. Maybe it's time WE took hold, started asking questions, and DEMAMDING our best interests be served. What in 'ell are we paying these people for - to poison us?

    Just wondering!
     
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    The money comes to FDA and USDA from agribusiness, they don't care about the taxpayer.

    This is why we need a purge of both those depts, restrictions on corporate money and lobbying, and some regulations with TEETH.
     
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    I can't believe we need special legislation for this. You'd think the appropriate agency would already have something in place??!! :sigh:
     
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    Filly KICKING AND SHINING

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    How is it only in the last few years our food supply is screwed with? How many times have we heard "Twenty dead from salmonella on lettuce"?

    Then we have the GMO's. The corn supply is screwed, and the soy as well. Sooo what are ya gonna eat? Rice of course. Let's say your a macrobiotic? Healthy, healthy, but wait you're having arsenic with that healthy.

    JMO, but there's people getting paid off. There's people developing all kinds of franken this and that, and somebody has to be getting a payoff, right?

    Meanwhile they're taking your right away to sip on a flippin Big Gulp which at this point is probably safer than all the other c*polla out there. Maybe my mom is right with her staple meals of Resse's Pieces, Diet Caffeine Free Pepsi and some Pringles thrown to the side. Hey, at least ya know you're being poisened without having to guess.
     
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    i.b.nora I am polka dot

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    OK so reading through the posts I get the feeling that some folks think there is arsenic being added to rice and that the FDA is unwilling to do anything about it.

    From what I gather, the rice in question is American grown rice. With rice from southern states having the highest concentration and CA rice having the least. So what is behind this? I've read several arguments that rice grown in the southern US states is grown on the same lands that once produced cotton. Apparently arsenic was once used as an insecticide on cotton fields. So arsenic is in the soil and is being sucked up by the rice plants. I think the consumer reports concerns are that a standard needs to be set so that if rice is tested and has whatever level of arsenic that is unsafe then it needs to not be put on the market.

    I kind of get the impression that imported rice is not a concern because the problem lies in the field the US rice is grown on.
     
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    So rinsing won't help? I only serve rice about once per week anyway but guess I will look for imported rice or pray more before eating. This must also affect the gluten intolerant who eat lots of rice flour and noodles.
     

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