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FDA to warn of carcinogenic arsenic in rice

You may want to hold off on making that stir-fry dish for dinner tonight. The U.S. FDA is set to warn consumers about potentially dangerous levels of carcinogenic arsenic in rice and rice-based products, The Chicago Tribune reports. The agency has not yet set federal limits for the amount of arsenic in food, the Tribune notes, but Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan is cautioning the public to avoid eating large amounts of rice or feeding rice products to infants.

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Nick Kristof on “How Chemicals Change Us”

Nick Kristof is back with another column on the dangers of chemicals found in everyday materials, including canned foods, thermal receipts, cosmetics, plastics and food packaging. In particular, Kristof notes the Endocrine Society’s recent censure of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for failing to ban BPA in food packaging.

Kristof leaves us with a salient and disturbing question to consider: “Shouldn’t our government be as vigilant about threats in our grocery stores as in the mountains of Afghanistan?”