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Arsenic is one of the most potent human carcinogens. This heavy metal occurs naturally in our environment, but humans have increased its presence in the water we drink and the foods we eat. Chronic exposure could increase the risk of various cancers and high blood pressure, diabetes, and reproductive problems.

While the EPA has set a limit for arsenic in our drinking water, there are no federal arsenic limits set for most foods. Whether it’s the growing gluten-free market segment that relies on rice as a main ingredient, or rice cereal fed to a young infant several times of day, it’s important to know where the risks lie.

Food Safety Testing

Arsenic Test Results and Recommendations

In 2014, we tested rice and other grains such as quinoa to determine whether some types of rice and grain are lower in arsenic than others.

Download: Arsenic Analysis Report November 2014

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Taking Action

Changing Laws and Regulations To Protect Your Health

Our work has led to legislators and regulators taking note, and taking action. Members of Congress have introduced legislation to limit the amount of arsenic permitted in rice and rice-based products, and the FDA has proposed limits of arsenic in apple juice and infant rice cereal. 

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In the News

Media Coverage of Our Arsenic Work

In April 2016, the FDA announced a proposal to limit inorganic arsenic in infant rice cereal to 100 ppb — very close to the level we recommended more than three years ago. Numerous media outlets interviewed Urvashi Rangan, who led our research, and covered this proposal and our work.