According to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), consumers really need not worry about the levels of arsenic in rice. According to a Fox News report on Sept. 8, 2013, the amount of arsenic in rice is not enough to really cause much concern, but consumers should still vary their diets, just in case.
A study was released on Friday, Sept. 6, 2013, that looked at 1,300 samples of rice and rice products. It was the largest study to date looking at the carcinogen's presence in that particular grain. Consumer groups have long been after the FDA to set a standard for the amount of arsenic that can be present in rice and rice products.
In the study done by the FDA, varying levels were shown, with the most arsenic being present in brown rice. The least amount of arsenic was found in instant rice.
Infant rice formulas and infant cereal were also at the low end of the spectrum for the amount of arsenic present.
Arsenic is naturally present in air, water, food, and soil in two forms, organic and inorganic. Inorganic is the type found in some pesticides and insecticides, and it can be toxic or pose a cancer risk if consumed in high levels over long periods of time.
Organic arsenic usually passes through a body quickly and is mostly harmless.
As of now, the FDA is looking into how much organic and inorganic arsenic is consumed by those that eat rice and also whether those levels are dangerous or not.