The FDA is performing its inspection of arsenic content in the rice being imported from other nations in America including the basmati rice imported from India.
Till now no serious results have been found in the rice and rice products inspected by FDA but it is now conducting a “comprehensive risk assessment” study to determine the long-term impact of the arsenic found in rice.
Arsenic is a chemical element present in the environment from both natural and human sources and its inorganic forms have been closely associated with long-term health effects such as higher rates of skin, bladder and lung cancers.
Comparing to other grains rice is more active in absorbing the arsenic from soil and water.
The FDA has increased its testing for arsenic presence in rice and rice products to determine its level and type ,usually a life-long dietary staple.
After the “comprehensive risk assessment” the FDA will perform “a risk assessment”, wherein it will analyse the health risk that is associated with the taking rice and rice products and to determine the steps required to minimize the risks for consumers, including vulnerable groups like children and pregnant women.
The rice import in US has increase in the last 25 years US generally imports aromatic varieties from Asia–jasmine from Thailand and basmati from India, the world’s largest producer of the aromatic grain.
Total US rice imports for 2012/13 was projected at 19.5 million cwt (centum weight). Indian basmati is one of the most expensive rice in the US as it commands 2-3 times higher price than American domestic long-grain rice.
The results of the analytical study of about 1,300 samples have been analyzed.