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Question Arsenic in Rice ?

In this linked BBC article, the article mentions problems with rice which has arsenic limits above acceptable-regulation levels, in the U.K..

Who, What, Why: Is it safer to cook rice in a coffee percolator to avoid arsenic? - BBC News

Given that we eat more "servings" of rice per day than a U.K. resident would eat in a month, and given that the Philippines now imports rice from places like China, I wonder how one protects one's self against any potential issue.

I feel that I am not as concerned as I should be for this matter, if not for me than I am trying to rally concern for my kids and grand-kids. But before I go to the trouble of working to motivate myself to take action, I thought I would ask the forum if anybody has heard/read anything on this issue.

Does the Philippines test imported rice for arsenic (apparently the U.K. does)?
Does the Philippines test domestic rice for arsenic ?

Has anybody ever read about this issue regarding rice in the Philippines?
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It's been know about for a long time. The rice picks up the Arsenic from the water which gets it from the soil. I can't imagine the Philippines testing rice..... but you never know.

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Hi,
I always understood that the rice picked up arsenic when growing in fields on sites near to former industrial works.
I thought that I read a document that this is most prevalent in rice grown in southern states of USA - not India or Thailand.
We only buy high quality Indian basmati rice - for this exact reason - not American long grain rice.
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I always understood that the rice picked up arsenic when growing in fields on sites near to former industrial works.
I thought that I read a document that this is most prevalent in rice grown in southern states of USA - not India or Thailand.
We only buy high quality Indian basmati rice - for this exact reason - not American long grain rice.
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No Arenic in the soil is quite natural. It's a big problem in Bangladesh where it is in the water from deep well. This water apart from being drunk is used to irrigate the rice. The very small concentration in the water is then become concentrated over time in the rice plants.

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Assuming that locally grown rice being in an area of no industries past or present should be safe in that aspect (Maybe false security ? ?), we only buy rice from the local market place as it is sold by the growers. There was something on Facebook a few weeks ago about imported fake rice (some plastics or something), which I feel we also avoid by using the local grown products.

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There was a video a couple years back about Vietnamese rice farmers and this family was growing rice next to a computer recycling spot, parts out in the open leaching into the ground the farmers said that they don't eat the rice they only export it.

But there is trace amounts of minerals in many of our foods (vegetables also), something I learned from selling supplements and fish oil supplements the branded fish oil supplements used a special cyclonic process to get rid of dangerous minerals.

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Assuming that locally grown rice being in an area of no industries past or present should be safe in that aspect (Maybe false security ? ?), we only buy rice from the local market place as it is sold by the growers. There was something on Facebook a few weeks ago about imported fake rice (some plastics or something), which I feel we also avoid by using the local grown products.

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It's the natural arcenic in the soil that is the wider problem which is made worse by irrigation.
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I just searched a bit on the internet and see that the issue of testing rice in the local markets came up last year.
Gov’t urged to ensure supply of arsenic-free rice | Headlines, News, The Philippine Star | philstar.com

Following concerns about contamination of rice imported to the Philippines.
Imported rice feared to contain arsenic - The Manila Times OnlineThe Manila Times Online

But, I have not found a follow up story mentioning that testing has been performed.

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I just searched a bit on the internet and see that the issue of testing rice in the local markets came up last year.
Gov’t urged to ensure supply of arsenic-free rice | Headlines, News, The Philippine Star | philstar.com

Following concerns about contamination of rice imported to the Philippines.
Imported rice feared to contain arsenic - The Manila Times OnlineThe Manila Times Online

But, I have not found a follow up story mentioning that testing has been performed.
And of course no one would admit that there was any elevated levels in the local rice.

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Given that we eat more "servings" of rice per day than a U.K. resident would eat in a month, and given that the Philippines now imports rice from places like China
Funny you should say it, because Philippines is home to the international Rice research institute which introduced a lot of high yields varieties.. and now Philippines is importing rice.

At least in our area we get locally produced Brown or black rice, grown in the mountains ....
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