As a follow-up to an investigation it conducted earlier in the year on arsenic levels in popular fruit juices (http://www.consumerreports.org
), the consumer advocacy group Consumer Reports
has released a new report about arsenic levels in rice and rice products, the findings of which may come as a surprise to many. It turns out that virtually every rice product on the market today
contains detectable levels of toxic arsenic, including many "all-natural" and organic rice products.
After conducting tests on more than 200 samples of rice products, which included dry rice, infant cereals, hot cereals, ready-to-eat cereals, rice cakes and crackers, rice flour, rice drinks, rice syrup, and rice vinegar, Consumer Reports
investigators found that every single sample
had detectable levels of both organic and inorganic arsenic, the latter of which has been shown to cause cancer.