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Arsenic in rice - Are we really poisoned?

"Contamination of rice by arsenic" is a lot of glogged phrase recently. Although the content of undesirable substances is subject to strict official control, dTest has decided to test 13 samples of rice in the laboratory. So how much arsenic can we meet?

The presence of one of the most famous digestive poisons, or its dangerous inorganic form in rice, has disturbed consumers around the world. The European Food Safety Authority and the US Food and Drug Administration have dealt with it. According to the findings of the second-mentioned institution last year , rice could account for less than 1% of all cases of lung and bladder cancer in the United States . How is the rice from the Czech shops?

"In our test, we chose the basic type of rice - long grain white - in a standard kilogram pack. And the total content of arsenic and the amount of inorganic form of risk varied fairly among the samples, "
says Hana Hoffman, editor-in-chief of dTest. He, through tests in an independent laboratory, found that the lowest finds below the limit of quantification were found in rice ah Basic, Essa and Lagris. "Inorganic arsenic contained less than 0.05 mg / kg," says Hoffmann. "For the remaining ten samples, we have been able to measure specific values ​​ranging from 0.06 to 0.1 mg / kg," Hoffman adds, summarizing: "The good news is that even the sample of cortex, with the highest concentration of contamination, To the limit of their category and even meet the requirements for rice for infants and young children. "

The maximum limits for raw husked rice are 0,2 mg / kg, for preparate, so-called parboiled rice 0,25 mg / kg and for rice sandwiches and similar products 0,3 mg / kg. On the contrary, the more stringent requirements must be met for raw materials intended for infants and young children. It may contain inorganic arsenic up to 0,1 mg / kg.

Arsenic gets into rice in several ways
- it can contain soil or air in the places where rice is grown, the source can also be used pesticides. The disadvantage is that the rice can take and accumulate it from the soil. Not all types of rice capture the arsenic equally effectively. Its quantity in rice can be influenced by the choice of species and especially the way of preparation. However, the Czech consumer can be calm. To fill the daily intake of arsenic, a toddler would have to eat raw three, five adults and a vegetarian even six fifty grams a day.

Source: tz

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