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Rice imported from China loaded with toxic levels of lead

Monday, April 15, 2013
by Mike Adams, the Health Ranger
Editor of NaturalNews.com (See all articles...)
Tags: rice, lead contamination, imported

Rice
(NaturalNews) A report released by the American Chemical Society reveals that rice imported into the United States from China and other countries contains very high levels of lead.

The FDA has established a "provisional total tolerable intake" (PTTI) level for lead, but some of the rice samples tested for this research exceeded the PTTI by 12,000%.

Imported rice was reportedly sampled from "Bhutan, Italy, China, Taiwan, India, Israel, the Czech Republic and Thailand," reports the BBC.

Lead is extremely damaging to developing brains and contributes to organ failure. It was removed from gasoline ("unleaded"), paint and other industrial products in the United States for precisely these reasons.

Lead toxicity produces symptoms that include:

• Muscle weakness
• Gastrointestinal distress (constipation or diarrhea)
• Kidney damage
• Neurological damage
• Short-term memory failures, lack of concentration
• Depression

and many more.

Imported rice is heavily contaminated with lead because it's irrigated with heavily polluted waters

This story further supports my warning to avoid foods grown in China unless you know the concentration of metals in those foods. China remains the world's most polluted agricultural hub, and a wide array of metals are routinely found in samples from China, including cadmium, lead, arsenic and sometimes mercury.

China refuses to enforce environmental regulations in its country, and in some cases the river water used for irrigating crops for export contains industrial waste in the form of heavy metals, solvents and dangerous organic compounds.

This has led to the rise of so-called "cancer villages" across China, where cancer rates are skyrocketing due to chronic exposure to toxic chemicals.

This article is not about the brown rice protein extracted in China and sold in the USA as a protein supplement. We have already completed one round of testing for that product, but we won't release test results until we conduct another round of testing with a different sample (for accuracy).

Buy rice grown in the USA

The United States only imports about 7% of its rice, so you have plenty of options for purchasing rice grown in the USA (if you read the labels). Rice is grown in seven U.S. states, including Arkansas, Texas, Mississippi, Louisiana and Florida.

Rice has not yet been commercially turned over to Monsanto and GMOs, so purchasing rice grown in the USA means you are avoiding GMOs while likely reducing exposure to potentially harmful levels of heavy metals. This is especially important if you are pregnant, breastfeeding or preparing meals for children.

So look for "USA grown" on labels when buy rice at the stores.

The (really) big picture

Although this is worthy of another article entirely, I am working on a scientific assessment of typical exposures to heavy metals found in foods. I am testing the theory that says people around the world are being permanently brain damaged by heavy metals in foods, vaccines, supplements and even pharmaceuticals. This would explain why so many people seem so incredibly stupid -- they're actually "brain damaged" victims of chronic metals contamination.

In researching this, we have reached an agreement with a U.S.-based laboratory that has given us access to a high-end technology capable of detecting parts per trillion of most elements, including arsenic, aluminum, lead and so on.

This technology is very expensive (a typical lab setup costs $1 million), but we have been pumping money into testing in order to assess incoming raw materials samples. What we've found is very disturbing: We are having to reject many suppliers due to metals contamination.

We are also learning that contaminated products are readily sold throughout the "natural" products industry. Many online retailers simply do not conduct contamination tests, most likely because they don't really want to know what they might find.

Here at the Natural News Store, however, we test everything we sell, and we reject sources that do not have a "clean" profile when it comes to trace metals. This is one reason why our store has a smaller selection than other online retailers.
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About the author:Mike Adams (aka the "Health Ranger") is a best selling author (#1 best selling science book on Amazon.com) and a globally recognized scientific researcher in clean foods. He serves as the founding editor of NaturalNews.com and the lab science director of an internationally accredited (ISO 17025) analytical laboratory known as CWC Labs. There, he was awarded a Certificate of Excellence for achieving extremely high accuracy in the analysis of toxic elements in unknown water samples using ICP-MS instrumentation. Adams is also highly proficient in running liquid chromatography, ion chromatography and mass spectrometry time-of-flight analytical instrumentation.

Adams is a person of color whose ancestors include Africans and Native American Indians. He's also of Native American heritage, which he credits as inspiring his "Health Ranger" passion for protecting life and nature against the destruction caused by chemicals, heavy metals and other forms of pollution.

Adams is the founder and publisher of the open source science journal Natural Science Journal, the author of numerous peer-reviewed science papers published by the journal, and the author of the world's first book that published ICP-MS heavy metals analysis results for foods, dietary supplements, pet food, spices and fast food. The book is entitled Food Forensics and is published by BenBella Books.

In his laboratory research, Adams has made numerous food safety breakthroughs such as revealing rice protein products imported from Asia to be contaminated with toxic heavy metals like lead, cadmium and tungsten. Adams was the first food science researcher to document high levels of tungsten in superfoods. He also discovered over 11 ppm lead in imported mangosteen powder, and led an industry-wide voluntary agreement to limit heavy metals in rice protein products.

In addition to his lab work, Adams is also the (non-paid) executive director of the non-profit Consumer Wellness Center (CWC), an organization that redirects 100% of its donations receipts to grant programs that teach children and women how to grow their own food or vastly improve their nutrition. Through the non-profit CWC, Adams also launched Nutrition Rescue, a program that donates essential vitamins to people in need. Click here to see some of the CWC success stories.

With a background in science and software technology, Adams is the original founder of the email newsletter technology company known as Arial Software. Using his technical experience combined with his love for natural health, Adams developed and deployed the content management system currently driving NaturalNews.com. He also engineered the high-level statistical algorithms that power SCIENCE.naturalnews.com, a massive research resource featuring over 10 million scientific studies.

Adams is well known for his incredibly popular consumer activism video blowing the lid on fake blueberries used throughout the food supply. He has also exposed "strange fibers" found in Chicken McNuggets, fake academic credentials of so-called health "gurus," dangerous "detox" products imported as battery acid and sold for oral consumption, fake acai berry scams, the California raw milk raids, the vaccine research fraud revealed by industry whistleblowers and many other topics.

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