Food Science/arsenic in rice


A few months ago, consumers in the USA were warned about high levels of arsenic in rice, even in organically grown rice. Is there any inexpensive way for me as a consumer to detect the level of aresenic in the rice that I purchase from the supermarket? Also do you know if wild rice is in the same category as having high a residue of arsenic?

Dear Mike,
Sorry for the late answer.
No inexpensive method is existing to detect levels of arsenic in rice.
About arsenic levels in wild rice it is depending where the rice is growing. This is difficult to tell but if the rice is growing in 'real wild' conditions it is likely to have less or no arsenic.
Happy New Year.

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