Food Safety - Agriculture and Fisheries

Background


Food Safety - Arsenic in Rice Background 

 
Importance of Topic to Practice
Rice is consumed by over half of the world’s population as a staple food with 90% of it being consumed in Asia (1). Arsenic is on the World Health Organization (WHO) list: “Ten chemicals of major public health concern” (2). Arsenic in its inorganic form is a class 1, non-threshold carcinogen (3). Chronic exposure to high inorganic arsenic levels in drinking water (e.g. 800 μg/L) has been shown to have a causal role for the development of skin,
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