Thursday, September 19, 2013

Arsenic in Rice – how safe is it to consume?

According to Natural News, Consumer Reports tested 223 samples of rice products in 2012 and found significant levels of arsenic in most of them, including inorganic arsenic (the really toxic kind). And it is generally higher in brown rice. The release of this information woke up the U.S. rice industry from its slumber, which then started putting pressure on the FDA to clear the issue.

So the FDA issued a statement saying that yes, there was arsenic in rice, but no, it didn't pose any "short-term" health risks. This is the absolute truth. There are chances of long-term health risks from chronic exposure to arsenic.

But this aspect was completely overlooked by the FDA, which stated that "agency scientists determined that the amount of detectable arsenic is too low in the rice and rice product samples to cause any immediate or short-term adverse health effects."

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Well, that is not enough. New evidence has emerged that suggests that the entire global supply of rice may have already been contaminated by unapproved, genetically-modified (GM) rice varieties manufactured by the American multinational corporation Bayer CropScience.

A recent entry in the GM Contamination Register explains that, between the years of 2006 and 2007, three different varieties of illegal GM rice, none of which has ever been approved for cultivation or consumption anywhere in the world, was identified in more than 30 countries worldwide.

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And surprise, surprise, Michael Taylor has been appointed as the US food safety head. As healthy food consumer advocate Jeffrey Smith wrote at the Huffington Post, "The person who may be responsible for more food-related illness and death than anyone in history has just been made the US food safety czar."

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