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Aw, Chickenshit! There’s Too Much Arsenic in Our Rice

Consumer Reports says there’s too much arsenic in the rice you, me and most Americans eat. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration agrees and says it’s launching a program to test more than 1,200 rice products ~ from bulk rice to foods we feed our babies to snack crackers and cereals ~ for carcinogenic “inorganic” arsenic. Reuters reported Wednesday that the Consumer Reports study said that some varieties of brown rice — including brands sold by Whole Foods Markets Inc and Wal-Mart Stores Inc — contained particularly significant levels of inorganic arsenic. Products that raise particular concern for children – who are still developing and have significantly lower body weights than adults – include infant rice cereal, ready-to-eat cold breakfast...

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