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Arsenic and Rice

Arsenic and Rice

Since the FDA released their first analytical results of arsenic in rice mid-September, I have received a multitude of questions, even from my mother! And when my mom asks, I answer.What is it?Arsenic is a compound found naturally in rocks, soil, water and air. Thanks to agriculture and industry—that has been happily using arsenic since the 1950’s—it is released into the environment whether we like it or not (let’s call this unnatural). Arsenic has no taste or smell and is typically part of other chemical compounds that are divided into two groups: