Concerning levels of arsenic found in rice - KATV - Breaking News, Weather and Razorback Sports

Concerning levels of arsenic found in rice

Posted: Updated:

(KATV) - A new study finds a concerning amount of arsenic in rice.

Consumer reports tested more than 200 samples and found measurable amounts of arsenic in all of them. The study has many people wondering whether or not the product is safe to eat.

The magazine did the study in everything from popular store brands to lesser known organic products and all contained the potentially harmful chemical. But despite these findings health experts and farmers insist their crops are harmless.

"We've been eating this rice and growing it for a long time so it's nothing new. It doesn't concern me at all," said Dow Brantley, Partner at Brantley Farming Company.

Dow Brantley, a rice farm owner, received news this morning that he has been growing a product that may have dangerous levels of arsenic in it. He admits there is arsenic but it is all natural, nothing he has putting in.

"The products we use--herbicides, insecticides--to control weeds and insects in our crops have no arsenic in them so there is absolutely nothing that we're using to contribute to this," said Brantley.

It is a message the Rice Federation has made a top priority to get out to the public. And rightfully so, with the rice industry bringing in over a billion dollars a year there is a lot to lose.

"That's what we're out there reminding folks is that arsenic is a naturally occurring element that is in the air we breathe, that's in the water we drink, that's out there in the rocks and the soil," said Gabe Holmstrom, Spokesman for the Arkansas Rice Federation.

But nutritionists say that both sides may be right. Arsenic is natural but too much of it can be deadly.

"I would say in moderation allowing your body to get rid of it does not build up once in a while is okay," said David Rath, a nutritionist.

But Brantley says regardless of what officials and experts say he will continue to do what his family has been doing for generations.

"I'm going to go to bed at night sleep well and I'm going to continue to eat rice, consume rice and not only me, my family as well," said Brantley.

The FDA is saying that consumers should not stop eating rice but they do encourage people to diversify their diet.

  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • Metro Radar

    Metro Radar

  • 4 shot, 1 dead in Pine Bluff shooting

    4 shot, 1 dead in Pine Bluff shooting

    Sunday, July 27 2014 12:19 PM EDT2014-07-27 16:19:34 GMT
    A late night shooting in Pine Bluff has left one man dead and three others injured.Police say they arrived at around 11:30 last night and found four people had been shot during a reunion party. More >>
    A late night shooting in Pine Bluff has left one man dead and three others injured.Police say they arrived at around 11:30 last night and found four people had been shot during a reunion party. More >>
  • Police still searching for missing father and 10-month-old son

    Police still searching for missing father and 10-month-old son

    Sunday, July 27 2014 9:08 PM EDT2014-07-28 01:08:10 GMT
    A prayer vigil was held Sunday for the missing Greenwood father and son. 33-year-old Brian Floyd and 10-month-old have been missing since Friday, July 25. Police are still looking for Floyd's dark green 1997 GMC pick up truck which they believe was last seen in the Ouacita mountains area south of Blue mountain.More >>
    A prayer vigil was held Sunday for the missing Greenwood father and son. 33-year-old Brian Floyd and 10-month-old have been missing since Friday, July 25. Police are still looking for Floyd's dark green 1997 GMC pick up truck which they believe was last seen in the Ouacita mountains area south of Blue mountain.More >>