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Arsenic found in popular rice products

Published torsdag 19 februari 2015 kl 11.38
Rice. Photo: Rich Pedroncelli / AP.
Arsenic was found in several rice products sold in Sweden. Photo: Rich Pedroncelli / AP.

Arsenic, which can cause cancer and diabetes, was found in six out of 10 popular rice products tested in a laboratory, Swedish Television News has found.

Swedish Television tested several products that are popular among Swedish children and adults, including different brands of cereal and rice cakes.

"Non-organic arsenic is particularly toxic," said Marie Vahter, a professor in environmental medicine at the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm. She claimed that it can affect the immune system, cause cancer and damage lungs, kidneys and the liver. She also said arsenic levels are higher in whole grain rice products.

Today, Swedes consume four times more rice than in the 1960s, but there are no guidelines for the food industry regarding arsenic levels in food.

Arsenic is often found in the ground water where rice is grown, and is absorbed by the rice plants.

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