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Arsenic in infant rice cereals compared with lead exposure

Infant rice cereals are popular with parents because they are affordable, easy to digest, and unlikely to cause allergic reactions. Infants typically begin eating cereals when they are between 4 and 6 months old. But, rice absorbs more arsenic from soil and water than other grains used for infant cereals; about 10 times more. Consequently, the level… Continue Reading

Still time to comment on inorganic arsenic in infant rice cereal

Those wishing to comment on draft guidance for industry on inorganic arsenic levels in rice cereals for infants have 14 more days to do so. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced Wednesday that, because of maintenance on the Federal eRulemaking portal, the comment deadline has been extended from July 5 to July 19. The public is… Continue Reading

FDA seeks comments on inorganic arsenic in infant rice cereal

Having documenting that many rice cereals for infants and toddles have significant levels of inorganic arsenic — which can cause neurologic and developmental problems — the government is proposing a maximum allowable limit for the substance.  The U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s new draft guidance on inorganic arsenic levels pertains only to the substance in… Continue Reading

New Bill Would Limit Permissible Level of Inorganic Arsenic in Rice

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