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New Bill Would Limit Permissible Level of Inorganic Arsenic in Rice

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Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-CT) introduced a bill in Congress on Thursday which would limit the amount of inorganic arsenic permitted in rice and rice-based foods. The R.I.C.E (Reducing food-based Inorganic Compounds Exposure) Act would require the Food and Drug Administration to set a maximum permissible level of inorganic arsenic in rice and food containing rice. “Inorganic arsenic… Continue Reading

FDA to Withdraw Approval for Arsenic-Based Drug Used in Poultry

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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced Wednesday that it has received a letter of commitment from Zoetis Animal Health that, by this coming fall, the company will suspend the sale of Histostat (nitarsone) and formally request that FDA withdraw approval for the drug by the end of the year. Nitarsone is the only arsenic-based animal… Continue Reading

Lawsuit Alleges High Arsenic Levels in Some California Wines

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A lawsuit filed Thursday in Los Angeles County Superior Court claims that some California wines tested for inorganic arsenic contain higher-than-allowable levels. The complaint lists four individual plaintiffs and names as defendants Trader Joe’s, which sells some of the wines that were tested, and about two dozen California wineries, including some well-known names such as Beringer, Fetzer, and… Continue Reading

As Toxin Fears Grow, More Chinese Are Buying Imported Rice

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Despite being the number-one producer and consumer of rice in the world, more Chinese citizens are buying rice imported from Japan and elsewhere due to fears about heavy metals and other toxins, according to Reuters. While the amount of rice imported to China from Japan in 2014 is still extremely small, it was triple the… Continue Reading

Consumer Reports Releases New Guidelines for Arsenic in Rice and Grains

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Consumer Reports (CR) today issued new consumption guidelines for inorganic arsenic (IA) in rice and other grains. While past reports on the subject by CR and others have been complex and academic, this one is consumer friendly. CR says its new guidelines were developed in response to consumer questions after its 2012 study found measurable… Continue Reading

Codex Adopts Limits on Lead in Infant Formula, Arsenic in Rice

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At the its annual meeting in Geneva, Switzerland, last week, the Codex Alimentarius Commission adopted a number of new standards, including maximum acceptable levels of lead in infant formula and of arsenic in rice. The commission was established in 1963 by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the World Health… Continue Reading

Tests Show Washington State Shellfish Safe Following Chinese Ban

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Laboratory tests on Washington state’s exotic shellfish export, the geoduck clam, have found no evidence of unsafe or excessive levels of arsenic, rebutting claims made by Chinese food safety authorities that followed a sudden ban placed on U.S. shellfish from the West Coast. The ban has already devastated shellfish growers in Washington, Alaska, Oregon and Northern… Continue Reading

China Bans Shellfish From U.S. West Coast for Arsenic and Toxin Levels

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China has suspended imports of shellfish from the West Coast of the United States after finding  high levels of arsenic and a toxin that causes paralytic shellfish poisoning in recent shipments of geoduck clams from Northwest waters. The indefinite ban affects clams, oysters and all other two-shelled bivalves harvested off the coast of Washington, Oregon, Alaska… Continue Reading

FDA to Withdraw Approvals for Arsenic in Animal Feed

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The Food and Drug Administration responded Monday to a four-year-old petition from the Center for Food Safety and the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy, stating that the agency was in the process of formally withdrawing approval for the use of arsenic-based drugs in animal feed. The letter states that sponsors of three of the… Continue Reading

FDA Proposes Limit for Arsenic in Apple Juice

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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Friday proposed a limit for arsenic in apple juice, two years after testing by Dr. Oz and Consumer Reports spurred widespread consumer concern about the presence of the compound in juice products. The Environmental Protection Agency already has an arsenic limit for tap water, but the FDA’s new… Continue Reading