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Lead threat from rice.

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.

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, said the study authors.
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Publication:Coventry Evening Telegraph (England)
Date:Apr 11, 2013
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