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Poisons in Food #5

 

Image is from contact with arsenic contaminated water on the skin.

 

“It is critical to not get ahead of the science,” said FDA Deputy Commissioner for Foods Michael Taylor.” (1)

When arsenic was discovered in rice and other manufactured food products it immediately gained attention. I researched the effects of arsenic once consumed and it can be very dangerous for the human body. These products have been discovered in the U.S. marketplace. Samples have been taken of various samples of rice but for the most part there are a large numbers of contaminants in the rice that we may have purchased recently.

          “The FDA’s ongoing data collection and other assessments will give us a solid scientific basis for determining what action levels and/or other steps are needed to reduce exposure to arsenic in rice and rice products.”(1)

Elemental arsenic and arsenic compounds are classified as “toxic” and “dangerous for the environment” in the European Union under directive 67/548/EEC. The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) recognizes arsenic and arsenic compounds as group 1 carcinogens, and the EU lists arsenic trioxide, arsenic pentoxide and arsenate salts as category 1 carcinogens. Arsenic is known to cause arsenicosis owing to its manifestation in drinking water, “the most common species being arsenate and arsenite.”

 

However the USA’s Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR) states that the long-term effects of arsenic exposure cannot be predicted. Blood, urine, hair, and nails may be tested for arsenic; however, these tests cannot foresee possible health outcomes from the exposure. Excretion occurs in the urine and long-term exposure to arsenic has been linked to bladder and kidney cancer in addition to cancer of the liver, prostate, skin, lungs and nasal cavity

 

1)      1) http://www.fda.gov/NewsEvents/Newsroom/PressAnnouncements/ucm319972.htm

2)      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Inorganic_arsenic#Inorganic

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