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We're tracking an alarming new report about dangerous levels of arsenic in rice.
Consumer reports magazine warning now that this type of arsenic is linked to bladder and lung cancer among other problems.
And even brown rice which is supposed to be healthy.
Because -- for other reasons but they said that that's actually even worse on on the arsenic scale.
Trace Gallagher watching us from our West Coast bureau Trace.
And the context -- -- we should know that arsenic is naturally occurring in the earth the worry here is that -- using arsenic laced fertilizer.
To up the levels in other words.
Arsenic is fed to chickens and turkeys and pigs the manure is then used to fertilize -- consumer reports tested brown rice.
White rice rice pasta baby cereal and the conclusion is.
That it contains and I'm quoting here worrisome levels of arsenic.
You eat it once a day and the levels go up up to 44%.
Eat twice today -- levels could go up by 70%.
It's interesting because as you noted brown rice which is supposed to be healthier has higher arsenic levels than white rice but look at best.
White rice grown in Arkansas.
Missouri Texas and Louisiana have higher levels of arsenic -- those -- and other areas in fact.
Nicely which makes Gerber baby food issued an unsolicited statement saying it only buys white rice from California to use in baby foods but still consumer reports says that baby white rice cereal should be limited now the FDA has also weighed in.
Issuing a statement saying that early studies are consistent with consumer reports but that more studies need to be done.
And new guidelines would then be issued and this you looking at right here comes from the US rice federation.
They don't dispute the numbers but they're saying the results are overblown and that there is no documented evidence of actual adverse health effects -- the reason by the way that rice has more arsenic and other grains is because rice is grown in water.
And of course water contains.
Well this doctor Philip blender gonna pediatrician at New -- and Mount Sinai School of Medicine apparently spoke at the CBS news and said outright.
He recommends in the coming months and years parents avoid rice all together.
Or just rice that was grown in those areas Texas Louisiana and Missouri saying stay with California race Asian rice or when in doubt -- with our earlier oatmeal.
The Smart thing to do is to be concerned.
And not do it just avoid the right switches -- out.
I mean that gives you a lot of pause and I can speak as a mother of three year old and a seventeen month old we get our daughter rice cereal all the time.
Kids eat rice is one of the few things -- can get in -- the kids to eat and you hate to hear that that this product but on the market we've been feeding it to our kids is full of arsenic.
But I would also caution -- that we -- put another five or six doctors on the other side in this story as well saying look we don't know enough about this and arsenic is naturally occurring in these levels are still very.
Very very -- Content -- Trace thank you.
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