Arsenic and rice
Rice millers in the UK and elsewhere in the EU regularly monitor their products for the presence of inorganic arsenic (iAs). The overwhelming majority of rice is consumed as grain rather than in processed foods. Over 1000 tests have been undertaken by millers during the last eighteen months, on white and brown rice. Average levels of iAs are well below the new maximum limits established by the European Commission in January 2016, and more than 99% of individual test results are also in compliance.
Rice is an important and nutritious contributor to a balanced and healthy diet. These results demonstrate that there is no health risk associated with the regular consumption of rice purchased in the UK.