Gluten Free Watchdog Now Testing Rice-Based Gluten-Free Foods for Arsenic
Update: Test results have been posted for breakfast cereals, pastas, flours/mixes, rice grain, breads, and misc. rice products. Please visit the Product Reports page for more information.
The first batch of test results will post this week on Gluten Free Watchdog. Five popular gluten-free brands of breakfast cereals were tested for arsenic, namely General Mills Rice Chex, Kellogg’s Rice Krispies, Erewhon Cocoa Crispy, Enjoy Life Foods Perky’s Crunchy Rice, and Cream of Rice. The next batch of products to be tested for arsenic includes popular gluten-free brands of rice-based pasta.
Testing is conducted at the Dartmouth Trace Element Analysis Core at the Center for Environmental Health Sciences at Dartmouth. Findings for both total arsenic and inorganic arsenic are reported.
When reviewing the results there are some important numbers related to arsenic content to keep in mind. Codex has proposed a draft maximum level for inorganic arsenic in polished (white) rice of 200 parts per billion. The European Union is considering setting the maximum level for rice-based foods intended for infants and children at 100 parts per billion.
Dr. Andrew Meharg, an expert in arsenic, believes these values are too high. He would like to see a maximum of 50 parts per billion of inorganic arsenic for foods intended for children and 100 parts per billion of inorganic arsenic for foods intended for the general public. To read Dr. Meharg’s article please click HERE
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