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Analysis finds rice brands fail to meet nutrient claims
People who eat certain brands of rice sold in the Pacific may not be getting the nutrients they believe they should be getting, based on the nutrition labels printed on the packaging.

A University of Guam nutrition professor, Rachael Leon Guerrero, discovered the discrepancy after having 12 different brands tested at a U.S. Department of Agriculture laboratory for nutrient analysis. "None of the brands met the enrichment standard minimum and almost all were well below nutrition claims made on their labels," stated a UOG news release.

"These results have far reaching consequences," said Leon Guerrero. "Many families across the Pacific depend on rice as a staple food and they aren't getting the nutrients they need or the nutrients promised to them on the label.
Furthermore, the USDA-funded School Lunch and School Breakfast programs may be affected because rice served as part of a child's meal doesn't qualify as a serving of 'enriched' grains, which may mean the meal cannot be reimbursed by the federal government."

For example, all of the brands tested claim to contain folic acid. Four brands do contain folic acid, but in quantities far below those stated on their nutrition labels.
Leon Guerrero said she and her colleagues will use the information to determine nutrient values used for the Pacific Tracker, a food composition database being developed by the Cancer Research Center in Hawaii.
MGR Archive 14.10.2006
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