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China and Taiwan rices exported to USA found with lead overdose for 60 times

leaded and unleaded rice

Basically no safe food from China. Mainland Chinese have to buy formula milk powder from overseas.

For locals, I think only Bario rice from Sarawak is free from lead and other chemical pollutants. You can buy Bario rice from the Giant Super Markets.

Lead levels in rice imported from Taiwan and China are up to 60 TIMES higher than recommended ‘safe’ levels for children

Rice imported from some countries contains high levels of lead that could pose a health risk to children, researchers have claimed.

US experts detected concentrations of lead ranging from six to 12 milligrams per kilogram in rice from several sources.

The highest amounts were seen in rice originating from China and Taiwan.

Significantly high levels were also found in samples from the Czech Republic, Bhutan, Italy, India and Thailand.

All these countries export rice to the UK.

Infants and children consuming the rice would be exposed to lead levels 30 to 60 times higher than the tolerable safety limits set by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), said the study authors.

For Asian children, who consume more rice, exposures could be up to 120 times higher.

For adults, daily exposure levels were 20 to 40 times higher than the FDA guidelines.

‘Such findings present a situation that is particularly worrisome given that infants and children are especially vulnerable to the effects of lead poisoning,’ said study leader Dr Tsanangurayi Tongesayi, from Monmouth University in New Jersey.

The findings were presented yesterday at the annual meeting of the American Chemical Society in New Orleans.

The researchers are still in the process of analysing rice samples from Pakistan, Brazil and other countries.

Lead accumulates slowly in the body, and can lead to nerve and kidney damage, as well as anaemia.

One study has shown brain shrinkage in workers exposed to lead through their occupations.

In the UK, the average person consumes around 5.6 kilograms of rice per year. Consumption in the UK is expected to increase as the ethnic population expands and food tastes diversify.

Rice imports account for only about 7% of the rice consumed in the US, which is a major producer and exporter of the grain.

Lead contamination results from the take-up of metals and other pollutants found in the soil.

It is one of several toxins which is known to have been found in rice in the past.

A spokesman for the FSA said: ‘We are not aware of any evidence or research which suggests that the levels of lead generally in rice are a concern.’

She said the European Food Safety Authority recently published a report which found that rice played only a small part in the average person’s exposure to lead through food.

She added: ‘We would welcome the opportunity to review the American research.

‘However, the levels quoted are much higher than those we have detected here in the EU.’

Long-term lead exposure has been linked to reduced IQ and disruptive behaviour in children.

Rice is the staple food of around three billion people worldwide.

Because rice is grown in heavily irrigated conditions, it is more susceptible than other staple crops to environmental pollutants in irrigation water.

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美方检出中国大米含铅过多 可致儿童铅超标达60倍

2013年04月12日 16:11


据报道,前日美国蒙茅斯大学(Monmouth University)环境化学专家通埃萨伊(Tsanangurayi Tongesayi)博士于美国化学学会年会发表了有关美国进口大米的研究报告。目前美国大米有7%为进口大米,来源地包括中国大陆和台湾地区、泰国、印度、不丹、意大利、以色列和捷克等地。研究员抽取各来源地的大米样本,检验其含铅量,再按美国不同族群每日平均进食的大米分量,计算不同族群的铅摄取量,与食品及药物管理局的建议可容许摄取量比较。




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