Thursday, February 16, 2012

High Arsenic Levels In Organic Foods That Substitute Brown Rice Syrup For High Fructose Corn Syrup

From "High arsenic levels found in organic foods, baby formula" by Linda Carroll:
Next time you pick up an organic cereal bar or buy infant formula, you might want to read the label closely. High levels of arsenic, a chemical linked to cancer, chronic diseases and developmental effects, have been found in foods that list organic brown rice syrup as a primary ingredient, according to a new study from Dartmouth University.

Organic brown rice syrup is often used as a substitute for high fructose corn syrup in prepared organic foods. One of the infant formulas tested contained twice the inorganic arsenic allowed in drinking water, according to Environmental Protection Agency standards. One cereal bar contained 12 times the legal limit for drinking water of 10 parts per billion (ppb). High-energy foods tested had 8 to 17 times the limit.
In fact, rice takes up arsenic from the soil, Jackson explained. As it turns out arsenic looks very much like silica to the rice plant and "rice takes up silica to help it stand up in water logged soils."

Different varieties of rice take up different amounts of arsenic, Jackson said. Brown rice tends to have particularly high levels of arsenic.


  1. PLEASE provide the brands. This is very alarming. There are so many mothers who are unable to breast feed, and have no other choice but to rely on formula.

  2. The report and news articles did not list the specific brands tested.