Thursday, April 11, 2013

Lead in Rice

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At my talk yesterday at Hofstra, I reviewed my work on lead pollution and discussed some preliminary results on lead pollution research I am doing with my research team on Long Island.  Thus, I found it timely that this news came out today about lead contamination of rice.  It is estimated that approximately 7% of the rice consumed in the US have the potential to have unacceptable levels of lead.  The exposure is 30 to 60 times that acceptable for children.

The rice that contained the most lead is imported from China and Taiwan.  However a variety of imported rice from all over the world contained high levels of lead.  The report didn't note if they tested domestic rice.

Now that many parts of the world have stopped using lead-based paint and gasoline, the sediment that contains lead is making its way to low areas and wetlands.

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