What is arsenic-free rice?


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As of 2014, there are no 100-percent arsenic-free rice products available. In 2013, a rice research institute in India created an arsenic-free rice seed. The seed, CN 1794-2, produces arsenic-free rice even if the plants are grown in soil that contains high levels of arsenic.

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CN1794-2 was released for limited commercial production in India in March of 2013, as research continued. No expected date for export availability was announced. There are two types of arsenic: organic and inorganic. It is the inorganic form that causes negative health effects. Total arsenic levels in rice vary, depending on the variety grown, arsenic levels in soil and farming practices. The U.S. government, as of 2014, has not set restrictions regarding arsenic levels in foods, including rice.

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