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Indian rice has lowest Arsenic content
New York, Aug. 3 (PTI)
Rice grown in India has the lowest Arsenic content while that from the United States contains an average of 1.4 to 5 times more of the substance than that from other parts of the world, according to a recent survey of grains.

This means that people eating a 'subsistence' diet of 500 grams of dry American rice a day are probably consuming more than the maximum intake of arsenic provisionally recommended by the World Health Organization (WHO), Nature magazine quoted Andrew Meharg, a bio-geochemist from the University of Aberdeen, UK, and a member of the survey team as saying.

"When we're all paranoid about what's in our food, the question to ask is, 'Would you like your rice to be grown on arsenic contaminated soil?'" Mehrag said.

Low doses of arsenic such as these do not cause acute illness. "It's more about long-term intake that can elevate levels of cancer," he said.

Research in Taiwan has linked arsenic-contaminated rice to an increase in bladder cancer, according to the magazine.

The survey team thinks that the contamination is a legacy of cotton farming, which relies on arsenic-based chemicals to kill boll weevils and to remove plants' leaves before harvest.

Indian rice hit a low of 0.05 micrograms per gram, whereas Bangladesh, which has had recurring problems with arsenic contamination owing to naturally high levels of the poison in groundwater alongwith Europe had about 0.15 micrograms per gram.
MGR Archive 4.8.2005
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