Food-aid rice drink has high levels of arsenic


By Catherine Brahic EATING rice bran – a “superfood” – may increase exposure to the carcinogen arsenic. The news is particularly worrying as the bran is given to malnourished children in poor countries as a food supplement. Arsenic occurs naturally in groundwater as a result of minerals leaching from rocks. Although found in varying amounts in drinking water around the world, including in the US, Australia and China, these countries have limits on how much can be present based on World Health Organization (WHO) guidelines. In Bangladesh, where people are exposed to very high levels,
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