First it was apple juice, now organic brown rice has been found to be contaminated with arsenic.
The Environmental News network reports that Professor Brian Jackson, director of the Trace Element Analysis Core Facility at Dartmouth College published an article which states that high levels of arsenic are present in organic brown rice and brown rice syrup.
Brown rice syrup is seen by many as a healthy alternative to high fructose corn syrup and can be found in many foods, including baby formula, organic health bars, and high-energy foods usually consumed by athletes.
The researchers found that the foods which contained brown rice syrup had higher quantities of arsenic than those without the syrup.
Jackson and his team used foods purchased via the internet or in stores in the Hanover, N.H. area for his tests.
Jackson’s article, which appeared in Environmental Health Perspectives, a peer-reviewed journal published by The National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, also notes that there is an absence of U.S. regulations to protect consumers from hidden arsenic in the food supply.
Last September, Dr. Mehmet Oz, host of the syndicated Dr. Oz Show, caused a furor when he reported that some of the most popular brands of apple juice contained arsenic.