FDA deliberately deceiving Americans over arsenic in rice, chicken and other foods; contamination now widespread

Sunday, September 15, 2013
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(NaturalNews) There is arsenic in rice, and it's generally higher in brown rice than in white rice. Consumer Reports tested 223 samples of rice products in 2012 and found significant levels of arsenic in most of them, including inorganic arsenic (the really toxic kind).

As Consumer Reports found, it's not unusual to see arsenic at levels of 200 ppb or more in rice-based baby cereals. Click here for the complete test results.

The release of this information freaked out the U.S. rice industry, resulting in enormous pressure being put on the FDA to try to assuage fears that rice products were contaminated with arsenic (which they are).

So the FDA, always working in the interests of food corporations rather than the public, issued a statement saying that yes, there was arsenic in rice, but no, it didn't pose any "short-term" health risks.

Well, we already knew that. Otherwise people would be dropping dead from eating rice. But what the FDA totally glossed over was the long-term health risks from chronic exposure to arsenic.

That's where our real concerns are found, and that's the issue that the FDA completely ignored. The FDA's exact language on this is, "agency scientists determined that the amount of detectable arsenic is too low in the rice and rice product samples to cause any immediate or short-term adverse health effects."

Yeah, goofballs. We already knew that.

FDA cover-up blatant

FDA's Reassurance On Arsenic In Rice Not So Reassuring, wrote Rachel Zimmerman of Boston's NPR station WBUR. "When I read the updated FDA materials... it became clear that we should still be concerned about arsenic in our rice," she wrote.

The FDA's glossing over the arsenic problem was so blatant that even WIRED Magazine got in on the backlash and published a story by Deborah Blum that essentially accuses the FDA of a cover-up.

The story is a good one. It's the kind of thing you might have read in Natural News five years ago. The FDA involved in a toxic food cover-up? The very idea used to be called a "conspiracy theory." Now the idea is so mainstream -- thanks to publications like Natural News spearheading the truth about the FDA -- that even WIRED covers it today.

Nevertheless, there's a whole lot you're not being told about arsenic in foods. In fact, the real cover-up is far bigger than arsenic in rice...

Lead and cadmium are far more toxic than arsenic

The toxic elements lead and cadmium are probably 2-3 orders of magnitude more toxic than arsenic, generally speaking. While each metal targets different body organs and metabolic pathways, the overall toxicity of lead and cadmium is many times that of arsenic.

And the tests I'm conducting on cadmium in rice products are frequently showing levels of 2,000 - 3,000 ppb. (That's 2 - 3 ppm.)

This is ten times the level of arsenic typically found in rice products. And given that cadmium is, roughly speaking, 100 to 1,000 times more toxic to the human body, we are talking about a problem that is 1,000 - 10,000 times worse than the problem of arsenic in rice.

So why isn't anybody talking about cadmium in rice?

Probably because the issue becomes quickly politicized when the conversation turns to rice grown in China.

In China, 89 percent of the rivers used to irrigate rice are heavily contaminated with cadmium. "A 2011 master's thesis by Liu Chun, a graduate student at Hebei Agricultural Institute, noted that his tests detected excessive amounts of seven different heavy metals including cadmium in the Xiang [river]," wrote "Some 89 percent of the sampled water registered dangerous levels of cadmium."

China's version of the FDA found that over 44% of all rice being served at local restaurants was heavily contaminated with cadmium. Much of the rice (and rice products) sold in the USA are imported from China, and as a result they are routinely and widely contaminated with cadmium.

The situation is so bad that I have personally stopped eating organic brown rice until I can identify a really clean source, at which point I will of course share that source with Natural News readers.

Arsenic has been found at 1,000 times higher levels in edible seaweed

If you're really concerned about arsenic in foods -- and you probably should be -- you'll be shocked to know that we're finding it at over 1,000 times the level in some edible seaweed products.

Yep, the lab tests conducted by Natural News are revealing arsenic at over 200 ppm in some seaweed products. That's 1,000 times the level generally being reported in rice.

Now, you can argue that Americans tend to eat a lot more rice than they do seaweed, and that's absolutely true. It is, after all, the total daily intake of arsenic per kg of body weight that's the real issue here. But for those who do eat seaweed -- or for lactating moms who eat seaweed and breastfeed their children -- 200 ppm arsenic is potentially a very alarming level.

Arsenic is more toxic when you don't sweat

Most people don't know that arsenic tends to collect in your skin. And the primary detoxification pathway for arsenic (once it accumulates in your skin) is sweating.

We live in a society today where a great many people are terrified of breaking a sweat. They live in air conditioned houses and work in air conditioned offices. They hate gyms and hate walking outdoors. They never sweat, and as a result they never remove arsenic from their skin.

So it builds up, year after year, to the point of causing severe skin reactions. Search for "arsenic and skin lesions" and you'll see what I mean.

Arsenic also damages your lungs, bladder, heart and kidneys while increasing your risk of many types of cancer along the way. Arsenic is bad news.

This is why many people who don't sweat on a routine basis benefit greatly from infra-red sauna treatments. The saunas force them to sweat, and in doing so they eliminate large quantities of toxins (which is why it's important to shower after sweating in a sauna).

There's a LOT more arsenic in chicken than in rice

Finally, here's something not being reported in the press. There is far more arsenic in conventionally-raised chicken than is currently being reported in rice. In 2011, even the FDA had to admit there was arsenic in chicken.

You want to know why there's arsenic in chicken? Because chicken producers feed arsenic to chicken on purpose. It's all part of the corporate run factory chicken production system to maximize profits while compromising the health of the consumer.

Chipotle, by the way, just released an amazing, powerful new video called "The Scarecrow" that brilliantly depicts the issue of factory-farmed chicken. Watch it here:

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In 2013, Adams created the Natural News Forensic Food Laboratory, a research lab that analyzes common foods and supplements, reporting the results to the public. He 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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