When I wrote about the Consumer Reports report about the arsenic levels in rice on Wednesday, I promised you some links to some further reading about the subject for your weekend. If you want some more information, here are some great places to start.

  • If you want to know how you can reduce your exposure to arsenic when eating rice and other foods, Enviroblog has some information for you.
  • Huffington Post gives an explanation as to how the toxic arsenic gets inside the rice. Turns out, arsenic that was in pesticides when I was a baby, still exists in the soil today.
  • Generally considered healthier than white rice, brown rice actually was found to have more arsenic in it. And you won’t believe which store brands’ brown rice, according to AARP, was found to have the most level of inorganic rice. One is one many of you who read this blog probably shop at. One is one many of you may try to avoid.
  • What will be done about the arsenic levels in rice? The Washington Post reports that the FDA is working on it. For now, they’re only recommendation for consumers is to vary their diet, but they have “plans to test 1,000 rice samples in addition to the 200 it has already analyzed before making a recommendation late next year.”

Enjoy your weekend.


Robin Shreeves ( @rshreeves ) focuses on food from a family perspective from her home base in New Jersey.

More about the arsenic levels found in rice
Earlier this week, Consumer Reports alerted the public to the worrisome levels of arsenic found in much of the rice it tested. A lot has been written about it i