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New Guidelines on Rice Consumption due to Inorganic Arsenic Contamination

Consumer Reports recently published an article regarding the risks associated with the levels of arsenic in rice and rice products. Since there is not yet an FDA-mandated limit on the amount of inorganic arsenic (the more toxic form of arsenic) that is present in our food, the guidelines published by Consumer Reports provide some of the only recommendations available to the public on what foods are higher and lower in inorganic arsenic, and how much is safe to eat. Decreasing the risk of exposure to this carcinogenic contaminant is especially important for infants, children, and those following a gluten-free diet.

The food safety experts from Consumer Reports assigned a point value to different types of rice and rice foods, recommending no more than 7 points per week. For example, adults should eat no more than a 1/2 cup (uncooked) of rice per week, except for white Basmati (from California, India, or Pakistan) or sushi rice (from the US). These two types of rice have lower levels of inorganic arsenic but they still recommend no more than one cup per week. While infants should consume no more than 1/4 cup of rice cereal per day and rice cakes should be limited to 1-3 per week. For more recommendations, read the full article online.

As a leader in the metals testing arena, Brooks Rand Labs has extensive experience in the determination of inorganic arsenic in many food products, including rice, contact us for a quote today!

New Chain of Custody Form

We are a small business and our team at Brooks Rand Labs includes moms, dads, students, and, well, people who have busy lives. Doesn’t everyone need their job to be a little easier? We get it and we heard you. Our New Year’s resolution for 2015 is to make our clients’ experience with the lab easier and more efficient whenever possible.  Try our new writeable chain of custody (COC) form.

Happy New Year!

A New Year with New Faces

Baby LGLydia Greaves, one of our stellar Project Managers, is currently on maternity leave as she and her husband, Lionel Greaves IV, welcomed their first family addition – Lionel Greaves V! Born on December 8, 2014, baby Lionel weighed in at a very healthy and hardy weight of 7 lbs 6 oz. They are surrounded by many loving family members and are excited to start a new chapter in life. Brooks Rand Labs wishes them well!