Hazardous amounts of arsenic have been located in seven famous baby rice items available for purchase in supermarkets.
Examinations done on 26 baby rice food products for Channel 4’s Food Unwrapped show uncovered that nearly a quarter has violated EU safety guidelines. Food analysis expert Professor Andy Meharg informed the programme that parents should limit baby rice feeding to 30 grams per day, which is roughly 3 tablespoons. However, he advises not to “feed young children rice at all.”
‘As a parent I would want to take problematic things out. I would not want to take a risk with it.’
Prof Meharg, of Queen’s University Belfast, stated that even little concentrations of arsenic is capable of having a serious impact on young children’s immune system formation, development and IQ. He called for more informative writing on baby rice packaging.
Most foods consist of low levels of arsenic that naturally develops, but rice has huge levels mainly because it is cultivated in flooded areas where remnants are much higher and are soaked up more easily by the crops.
Getting exposed to arsenic for a lengthy period of time improves the possibilities of cancer, and infants are more vulnerable.
A Food Standards Agency representative stated that: ‘Arsenic is naturally occurring in the environment and it is not possible to totally eliminate it from the diet. But because it has the potential to increase the risk of illnesses, including cancer, it is important to reduce exposure to as low as reasonably achievable.’