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Director-General of FAO Expresses Worry About Food Safety and Pollution in China

Jose Graziano da Silva, director general of the United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organization, is applauding China’s efforts to improve food safety, but is concerned about human health issues stemming from soil contamination, according to an interview published by Xinhua, official state Chinese media. “We have seen a lot of improvements in China but there… Continue Reading

Rice Growers Sue Chicken Industry Over Poultry Litter

Arkansas rice growers say chicken industry practices promoted by industry giants like Pfizer, Tyson Foods Inc. and other big chicken producers are responsible for the high arsenic levels being detected in their crops. The growers have asked the Circuit Court for the Southern District of Arkansas for a jury trial to decide whether their claim… Continue Reading

Lawmakers Introduce Bill to Set Arsenic Limits for Rice Products

In response to a recent Consumer Reports investigation on arsenic in rice, Reps. Rosa DeLauro (D-CT), Frank Pallone (D-NJ) and Nita Lowey (D-NY) introduced legislation that would to limit the amount of arsenic permitted in rice and rice-based products. In a release from the lawmakers, they said they were taking action because the investigation revealed… Continue Reading

Dust-Up Over Arsenic Levels In Rice Settles Nothing

Nothing changed yesterday about arsenic in rice and rice products. Consumer Reports and National Chicken Council exchanged some shots, but the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) did not change so much as a comma in any of its recommendations about arsenic and rice. FDA says “there is an absence of the necessary scientific data… Continue Reading

Reported in Juice, Now in Rice; Arsenic is Everywhere

Information on arsenic exposure has been all over the news this year and the latest study to be released says that eating rice may lead to potentially harmful exposure to the toxic heavy metal.  Lots of rice is eaten in the U.S., report researchers from Dartmouth College’s Children’s Environmental Health and Disease Prevention Center.  The… Continue Reading

Rice Farmers in Haiti Fear Cholera Contamination

The rice harvest in northwestern Haiti is likely to suffer over widespread fear among farmers about cholera contamination, the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization announced this week. Haiti’s cholera outbreak, which has sickened almost 150,000 and killed almost 3,000, was magnified by the November floods caused by hurricane Tomas, which damaged up to 200,000 acres… Continue Reading

FDA Seizes $700,000 of Rice from Georgia Warehouse

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration subjected $700,000 of rice and other food in a warehouse already under order preventing its sale by the Georgia Department of Agriculture to federal seizure Wednesday by U.S. Marshals. The FDA obtained the seizure order from the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia for all FDA… Continue Reading

Study: Climate Change Threatens Rice Production

According to a new collaborative study released this week by a group of international scientists, the production of rice will be hindered as temperatures increase in rice-growing areas from global warming. According to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, the research team found evidence that the net impact of projected temperature increases… Continue Reading