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Arsenic and ricely yours

(article, Culinate staff)

Last year, you may have heard about the problems with arsenic in chicken or the detection of arsenic in fruit juice. Now comes a report documenting arsenic in energy bars and, most troublingly, in baby formula. 

The culprit? Brown rice syrup, a sweetener popularly used as a replacement for high-fructose corn syrup. (And no, not even organic syrup escapes.) As with the fruit-juice fracas, the arsenic apparently gets into the food supply via pesticides and the natural presence of arsenic in soil. 

Unlike drinking water, there are currently no federal regulations addressing the problem of arsenic in food. So even though that baby formula may have six times the legal limit for arsenic, it's still, well, legal. At least the FDA has announced it will look into the matter.