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Arsenic in Rice: Summary Analytical Results from Rice/Rice Product Sampling - September 2012

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For updated sampling results from May 2013, see Analytical Results from Inorganic Arsenic in Rice and Rice Products Sampling (PDF: 767KB).


On September 19, 2012, the FDA released the first analytical results of nearly 200 samples of rice and rice products collected in the U.S. marketplace. The FDA is collecting and analyzing more than 1,000 additional rice and rice product samples, and will post additional data as results become available. Below is a summary of the results, full analytical results are also available.

Sample ID Product Category Sample Description Country of Origin Inorganic As per serving (mcg/servinga)
728638 Rice (non-Basmati) Long Grain White Rice Fully Cooked, parboiled NDb 3.2
492963 Rice (non-Basmati) Ready to Serve Long Grain White Rice Fully Cooked, parboiled ND 3.3
721866B Rice (non-Basmati) Organic Carnaroli Italy 4.2
721856A Rice (non-Basmati) Whole Grain Red USA 4.0
721868A Rice (non-Basmati) Wild Riced  USA 6.0
721857 Rice (non-Basmati) Long Grain Brown USA 5.1
721860B Rice (non-Basmati) Long Grain Brown USA 5.4
721868B Rice (non-Basmati) Cracked Wild Rice USA 6.2
721856B Rice (non-Basmati) Wild Rice USA 5.9
720004 Rice (non-Basmati) Medium Grain Rice USA 4.4
725138 Rice (non-Basmati) Instant Enriched Long Grain ND 2.2
725130 Rice (non-Basmati) Whole Grain Brown Pre-cooked parboiled ND 3.6
725139 Rice (non-Basmati) Enriched Rice Long Grain ND 4.7
492961 Rice (non-Basmati) Instant Enriched Long Grain USA 3.0
721869 Rice (non-Basmati) Extra Long Grain Rice USA 6.9
720000 Rice (non-Basmati) Enriched Long Grain ND 5.4
492965 Rice (non-Basmati) Long Grain, Enriched Pre-cooked ND 2.7
720008 Rice (non-Basmati) Extra Long Grain USA 6.8
725137 Rice (non-Basmati) Brown Rice Natural Long Grain ND 9.7
720005 Rice (non-Basmati) Enriched Long Grain Rice USA 5.9
242774 Rice (non-Basmati) Long Grain Rice USA 6.2
720003 Rice (non-Basmati) Extra Long Grain USA 5.4
720009 Rice (non-Basmati) Long Grain Brown Whole USA 9.1
720006 Rice (non-Basmati) Long Grain Brown Rice ND 10.2
720122 Rice (non-Basmati) Whole Grain Brown Rice USA 6.6
70139 Rice (non-Basmati) Long Grain White USA 5.8
720010 Rice (non-Basmati) Extra Long Grain USA 8.0
70137 Rice (non-Basmati) Extra Long Grain USA 6.6
721864A Rice (non-Basmati) Long Grain Brown Rice Extra Fancy USA 9.4
721877 Rice (non-Basmati) Extra Long Grain USA 6.8
720125 Rice (non-Basmati) Brown Rice Whole Grain USA 8.2
719998 Rice (non-Basmati) Extra Long Grain Rice USA 5.9
719999 Rice (non-Basmati) Brown Natural Whole Grain USA 8.4
70134 Rice (non-Basmati) Whole Grain Brown USA 8.0
720007 Rice (non-Basmati) Medium Grain  USA 6.2
719997 Rice (non-Basmati) Long Grain Rice USA 6.2
70136 Rice (non-Basmati) Long Grain Brown Rice USA 10.4
242777 Rice (non-Basmati) Long Grain Rice ND 6.8
720121 Rice (non-Basmati) Whole Grain Brown Rice USA 10.4
492958 Rice (non-Basmati) Whole Grain, Long Grain USA 8.8
720120 Rice (non-Basmati) Whole Grain Brown Rice USA 9.4
492960 Rice (non-Basmati) Enriched Parboiled Long Grain USA 7.4
70138 Rice (non-Basmati) Long Grain USA 7.4
720001 Rice (non-Basmati) Long Grain Natural Brown Rice USA 10.5
720123 Rice (non-Basmati) Whole Grain Brown Rice USA 7.9
492962 Rice (non-Basmati) Brown Rice Natural Long Grain ND 7.6
70135 Rice (non-Basmati) Brown Natural Whole Grain USA 11.1
492959 Rice (non-Basmati) Enriched Extra Long Grain USA 6.5
720124 Rice (non-Basmati) Xtra Long Grain Rice USA 7.1
728648 Basmati Rice Fully Cooked India NCc
720113 Basmati Rice Pure Basmati Rice India NC
720015 Basmati Rice Basmati Rice India 1.8
721854B Basmati Rice White Basmati USA 1.2
720011 Basmati Rice Basmati Rice India 2.1
720022 Basmati Rice  Pure Basmati Rice India 2.2
720117A Basmati Rice Basmati Rice India 1.8
70140 Basmati Rice Basmati Rice ND 2.4
70141 Basmati Rice Basmati Rice ND 2.3
720111 Basmati Rice Basmati Rice India 2.4
720012 Basmati Rice White Basmati USA 2.3
721864B Basmati Rice Indian Basmati White India 2.9
721875 Basmati Rice Boil-in-Bag India 2.3
721865R Basmati Rice Indian Basmati Aged India 1.9
728649 Basmati Rice Aged   India 3.1
721863B Basmati Rice Short Grain White USA 2.3
720021 Basmati Rice Basmati Rice India 2.1
728650 Basmati Rice Basmati Rice India 2.1
728645 Basmati Rice White Basmati Rice India 3.3
728652 Basmati Rice Boil-in-Bag India 2.1
492964 Basmati Rice Basmati White, Boil-in-bag India 2.3
720013 Basmati Rice California Brown USA 3.9
720127 Basmati Rice Basmati Rice India 2.5
720129 Basmati Rice Basmati Rice India 2.1
242778 Basmati Rice Organic Brown Basmati USA 3.0
492966 Basmati Rice Aged Milled India 2.9
721858B Basmati Rice White Basmati Rice India 3.9
728653 Basmati Rice White Basmati Rice India 3.5
720126 Basmati Rice California White Organic USA 2.3
720114 Basmati Rice Organic White Basmati USA 2.3
720109A Basmati Rice Organic White Basmati USA 2.3
720128 Basmati Rice Basmati Rice India 2.4
720109B Basmati Rice Organic White Basmati USA 2.5
728646 Basmati Rice Quick-Cook Organic Brown, parboiled India 3.7
728644 Basmati Rice Organic  India 4.0
721863A Basmati Rice Imported Aged India 3.2
720020 Basmati Rice Basmati Rice India 3.7
728647 Basmati Rice Brown Basmati Rice India 5.6
720016 Basmati Rice Brown  India 6.0
721855B Basmati Rice Brown Basmati Rice India 5.7
721857B Basmati Rice Organic White Basmati Rice India 3.9
728654 Basmati Rice Brown Basmati Rice India 5.3
720112 Basmati Rice Organic Brown Basmati USA 4.7
721867 Basmati Rice Organic Aged India 3.9
720130 Basmati Rice California Brown  USA 4.1
720018 Basmati Rice Basmati Rice India 6.5
728651 Basmati Rice Whole Grain Organic Microwave India NC
721867B Basmati Rice Brown USA 9.0
720110 Basmati Rice Basmati Brown Rice USA 9.0
720014 Basmati Rice Organic Long Grain Brown Basmati USA 6.6
720019 Basmati Rice Basmati Rice USA 4.8
721866 Basmati Rice Organic White Basmati ND 4.7
242771 Rice Cereal Rice Cereal NRg 1.7
719988 Rice Cereal Rice Squares, Crispy Toasted Gluten Free NR 1.9
719986 Rice Cereal Cream of Rice NR 2.6
721862B Rice Cereal Whole Grain Puffed Rice, whole grain brown rice NR 1.5
70147 Rice Cereal Crispy Rice Gluten Free Whole Grain Brown NR 2.9
70146 Rice Cereal Crispy Rice Gluten Free Whole Grain Brown NR 3.2
721859B Rice Cereal Organic Puffs NR 1.5
725131 Rice Cereal Crispy Rice Gluten-free Whole Grain Brown Rice NR 3.2
242775 Rice Cereal Whole Grain Puffed Rice, whole grain brown rice NR 1.6
492957 Rice Cereal Crispy Brown Rice Organic NR 3.2
721859 Rice Cereal Crispy Brown Rice Gluten Free Organic NR 3.4
70142 Rice Cereal Crispy Rice Toasted NR 3.2
719987 Rice Cereal Puffed Brown Rice NR 1.9
719990 Rice Cereal Fruity Dyno-Bites NR 2.3
719984 Rice Cereal Crispy Rice NR 3.9
242770 Rice Cereal Rice Cereal NR 3.8
719989 Rice Cereal Crispy Rice NR 3.8
70143 Rice Cereal Crispy Rice Toasted NR 3.9
721869B Rice Cereal Crisp Rice Toasted NR 4.1
70149 Rice Cereal Crispy Rice Toasted NR 3.9
70145 Rice Cereal Organic Whole Grain Rice Cereal (infant) NR 3.2
725132 Rice Cereal Rice Chex Gluten-free NR 4.3
720341 Rice Cereal Organic Whole Grain Rice Cereal (infant) NR 2.9
719985 Rice Cereal Crispy Toasted Rice NR 3.9
719983 Rice Cereal Rice Single Grain (infant) NR 2.0
725134 Rice Cereal Crispy Rice Toasted NR 3.6
721874 Rice Cereal Crispy Rice Toasted NR 4.2
719982 Rice Cereal Honey Rice Gluten Free NR 4.1
70144 Rice Cereal Organic Brown Rice Crisps NR 7.1
720342 Rice Cereal Organic Brown Rice Crisps NR 7.3
719981 Rice Cereal Gluten Free Cream of Brown Rice NR 9.7
725133 Rice Cereal Puffed Rice NR 1.8
728639 Rice Cakes Brown Lightly Salted NR 3.1
721871 Rice Cakes Wild Organic Gluten-free Vegan Lightly Salted NR 3.0
728640 Rice Cakes Organic Brown NR 3.2
721878 Rice Cakes Organic Brown NR 3.1
721858 Rice Cakes Brown Rice Organic Salt-free NR 3.8
720119 Rice Cakes Caramel Corn Gluten-free NR 3.1
721862A Rice Cakes Brown Salt Free NR 4.8
719991 Rice Cakes Brown Rice Organic Salt-free NR 3.7
242776 Rice Cakes Brown Rice Whole Grain Lightly Salted NR 4.7
719994 Rice Cakes Organic Unsalted NR 3.0
719993 Rice Cakes Organic Unsalted NR 3.0
720117B Rice Cakes Butter Popped Corn NR 5.6
721876 Rice Cakes Lightly Salted NR 4.6
70132 Rice Cakes Salt Free NR 6.3
721865B Rice Cakes Salt Free NR 5.6
728642 Rice Cakes Salt Free NR 6.1
725135 Rice Cakes Plain Salt Free Whole Grain Brown NR 6.6
719997B Rice Cakes Apple Cinnamon NR 5.1
728641 Rice Cakes Plain Salt Free Whole Grain Brown NR 6.5
721865 Rice Cakes Salt Free, whole grain brown rice NR 6.8
719996 Rice Cakes Lightly Salted NR 6.2
720118 Rice Cakes Apple Cinnamon NR 5.0
719995 Rice Cakes Low Sodium NR 7.2
720116 Rice Cakes Butter Popped Corn NR 4.0
70133 Rice Cakes Salt Free NR 6.2
70131 Rice Cakes Salt Free NR 6.3
728643 Rice Cakes Salted Plain Gluten Free NR 7.6
719992 Rice Cakes Lightly Salted NR 7.7
725136 Rice Cakes Sodium Free Plain Gluten Free NR 8.2
720115A Rice Cakes Salt Free NR 8.2
720115B Rice Cakes Salt Free NR 8.0
242773 Rice Cakes Salt Free NR 8.0
720337 Rice Beverage Organic Unsweetened Rice Beveragee NR NC
721861 B Rice Beverage Organic Unsweetened Rice Beverage NR NC
719978 Rice Beverage Organic NR NC
70153 Rice Beverage Ricemilk Vanilla NR NC
720333 Rice Beverage Enriched Rice Beverage NR NC
721870 Rice Beverage Rice Beverage   NR NC
720336 Rice Beverage Organic Whole Grain Rice Beverage NR NC
720340 Rice Beverage Lower Fat Plain Rice Beverage NR NC
720338 Rice Beverage Organic Rice Beverage  NR NC
720339 Rice Beverage Enriched Rice Beverage NR NC
70148 Rice Beverage Organic Vanilla Rice Beverage NR NC
70154 Rice Beverage Original Rice Beverage NR NC
70155 Rice Beverage Original Rice Beverage NR NC
70151 Rice Beverage Rice Beverage Original NR NC
70152 Rice Beverage Rice Beverage Original NR NC
70156 Rice Beverage Rice Beverage Original NR NC
70150 Rice Beverage Vanilla Rice Beverage NR NC
719980 Rice Beverage Organic NR 3.8
721860A Rice Beverage Rice Beverage Plain NR NC
719979 Rice Beverage Organic NR NC
721861 Rice Beverage Rice Drink Original Classic NR NC
721855 Rice Beverage Rice Drink Original Enriched NR NC
719977 Rice Beverage Organic NR NC
721854A Rice Beverage Rice Drink Organic Original NR 3.4
720334 Rice Beverage Organic NR NC
720335 Rice Beverage Organic NR NC
242772 Rice Beverage Organic NR NC
719976 Rice Beverage Organic NR 4.1

NOTES:

Sample results based on dry weight with the exception of rice beverage samples.

aServing size based on Reference Amount Customarily Consumed (RACC) per 21CFR 101.12 for each product category: 

  • Grains (e.g., rice) - 45 g (dry) - about 1 cup cooked rice (general population)

  • Breakfast cereal (e.g. rice cereal) – 30 g – about 1 cup (general population)
    Note: RACCs for dry infant cereal, ready-to-eat breakfast cereals, and uncooked hot cereal range from 15-40 g depending on density and intended consumer (i.e., infant). An average serving size of 30 g was used for all cereal samples except the infant cereals which used a value of 15 g to calculate the mcg inorganic arsenic/serving.
  • Snacks, all varieties, chips, pretzels, popcorns, extruded snack, et al (e.g., rice cakes) - 30 g - about 2 cakes (10-15 gm/cake) Note: rice cakes are mostly a puffed rice product, and serving size for larger rice cakes is typically labeled as 1 cake (10-15 g/cake). Mcg of inorganic arsenic/serving for rice cakes was calculated using the RACC for snacks (30 g) which results in a higher calculated amount of mcg inorganic arsenic/serving than using the labeled serving size. (general population) 

  • Beverages (e.g. rice beverage) - 240 ml (an assumption was made that 1 ml = 1 g for purposes of calculating inorganic arsenic per serving) - about 1 cup (general population)

bND = Not Determined. FDA is attempting to determine the country of origin.

cNC = Not Calculated. Value of mcg/serving not calculated either because speciation not performed (no inorganic arsenic value determined) or because the amount of inorganic arsenic in the sample was reported as "Trace" (between the detection limit and the quantitation limit).

dNR = Not Recorded. Country of origin for processed products would not necessarily reflect the country of origin for the rice in the product.

eSome rice beverages have been marketed as “ricemilk,” a product name consumers could see in supermarkets and consumer materials. However, FDA’s regulations do not contain provisions for the use of the term "ricemilk." Therefore, in this document, the term “rice beverage” includes products that may be marketed as "ricemilk."

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