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FDA: Rice Is Safe, But People Should Alter Diets Just In Case

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File photo of a person holding a handful of rice. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

File photo of a person holding a handful of rice. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

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WASHINGTON — The Food and Drug Administration says consumers shouldn’t worry too much about levels of arsenic in rice — but should vary their diets just in case.

The agency is releasing a study of arsenic in 1,300 samples of rice and rice products that is the largest study to date looking at the carcinogen’s presence in rice. It shows varying levels, with the most arsenic in brown rice and the least in instant rice.

The FDA says the amounts are so small that rice is safe to eat, but long-term effects are still under study. Rice likely contains arsenic because it’s grown in water on the ground, where the contaminant can be absorbed.

Dr. Steven Abrams of Texas Children’s Hospital in Houston agrees varying diet is the way to go.

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