Next steps on arsenic and rice

September 20, 2013

In early September, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced the results of testing 1,300 samples of arsenic in rice and rice products and found that the arsenic levels in rice do not present an immediate or short-term health risk. The next step is to assess the potential health risk from long-term exposure to the arsenic in rice and foods made with this grain. In a recent ePerspective post, Suzanne Fitzpatrick, Senior Advisor for Toxicology in FDA’s Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition, explains the scientific legwork that will be done over the next few months by some of the most preeminent arsenic experts in the country. This is a daunting task, with one complicating factor being the sheer volume of rice products. See the steps that will be taken in this endeavour by reading Fitzpatrick’s ePerspective post.

Fitzpatrick's ePerspective post