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Tell the FDA and EU: Set Arsenic Limits for Rice.  Protect Our Kids!
  • Petitioning Betsy Ward, CEO

This petition will be delivered to:

USA Rice Federation (on behalf of the Rice Industry)
Betsy Ward, CEO
Margaret A. Hamburg, M.D., Commissioner of Food and Drugs:
Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition, including food recalls
Charles A. Sabatos
Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition, including food recalls
Shelly Burgess
Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition, including food recalls
Carla Daniels
Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition, including food recalls
Pat El-Hinnawy
Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition, including food recalls
Tamara Ward
European Commissioner for Health and Consumer Policy
Tonio Borg

Tell the FDA and EU: Set Arsenic Limits for Rice. Protect Our Kids!

    1. Anna Hackman
    2. Petition by

      Anna Hackman

      Summit, NJ

Do you eat  rice or products that contain rice by-products thinking they are healthy for you?  Love cereal bars or energy products that the primary ingredients are organic brown rice syrup (OBRS?)  Do you give your child toddler formula that contains OBRS? I'll give you a moment to go check.

  Did you realize that you or someone in your family might be eating man-made arsenic?

I had no clue and served most of the above items to my family thinking they were healthy. I am Anna Hackman, editor of Green Talk, and a mom of four boys. I am outraged. I hope you are too.

As I learned recently, I was harming my family.   They were eating arsenic every time they ate rice or a product containing a rice by-product.

How did I find out? Here's the facts:

A recent 2012 Dartmouth study revealed disturbing levels of cancer causing arsenic in products in certain organic toddler formulas, cereal bars, and energy products.  Organic brown rice syrup was the primary ingredient in all of these products.

 The study found arsenic concentrations in the toddler formulas which was 6 times the level of the EPA safe water limits. (See my article about the study.)   And guess what?  My family eats organic brown rice syrup and energy bars that contain this ingredient. 

Being a veteran blogger, I knew something wasn’t right in the hen house.  During my investigation, I found that a noted 2007 study revealed that people who consume more than the average amount of rice were being exposed to arsenic. People at risk according to the study are:

·       Young Children

·       People with Gluten sensitivities

·       People who normally consumed rice as part of their daily diets.

Since that 2007 study, nothing has changed!

Experts have stated changing the way farmers grow the rice could reduce the arsenic uptake dramatically without a reduction in yield.  (See my second article on how to eat rice safely.)

Update 9/19/2012:  ABC just reported a Consumer Report study confirming the arsenic and rice issues.   See http://abcn.ws/Vd39Jw

 But NOW it has to change.  We all are at risk.  Worse yet, young children who are still developing are at risk.  No one knows the impact increased arsenic levels will have on growing young children’s development.

No one asked me if I wanted a serving of arsenic with my rice.  Did they ask you?

Please support this petition to ask the FDA and the EU to institute strict guidelines regarding arsenic in rice. These guidelines will force the Rice Industry to change its way of farming to reduce arsenic exposure.  In the meantime, read here how to take proactive steps protect your family.  See my article here

Please share this petition on Facebook, Twitter, and via email.  If we want change, we have to band together.


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Demand the FDA and EU to limit arsenic in our rice and rice by-products. Plse sign, share on FB http://chn.ge/zyKERf.  RT!

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Demand the FDA and EU limit arsenic in our rice and rice by products..  Please sign, like, and share the petition with family and friends. See http://chn.ge/zyKERf.  Protect our kids.

Thank you for signing and sharing this petition.

Picture by Melissa & Bryan Ripka

Recent signatures


    1. Reached 9,000 signatures
    2. ABC reports Consumer Reports study. Arsenic and Rice Back in the News

      Anna Hackman
      Petition Organizer

      Since February, the petition has gained a few votes here and there but I wasn't giving up. We are over 1000 people. Recently ABC reported a Consumer Reports study that again talks about the dangers of arsenic and rice. Please spread the word about the petition via email, Facebook, and Twitter. I need your help to get the FDA to do something about this. Let's stop the arsenic and rice madness. See http://bit.ly/xJGMe5+ (which is the link to the petition.) I have sample tweets and shares for you to use at the petition site. Thanks for your support.

    3. Reached 1,000 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • Suzanna McMahan RIDGELAND, MS
      • 11 days ago


    • linda Devine PEMBROKE PINES, FL
      • 23 days ago

      I am a grandmother, that explains my interest. Protect our children!!!

    • sandy Lang ABBOTSFORD, CANADA
      • about 1 month ago

      My family and I eat rice to be healthy, we don't want to consume arsenic. I understand there is something that can be done about the arsenic level in brown rice.

    • Marilyn Mattera GOSHEN, NJ
      • about 1 month ago

      I want the government to protect our food and to stop poisoning us and lying about it. I want to be able to eat healthy food.

    • Trisha Morey OLD ORCHARD BEACH, ME
      • about 1 month ago

      USDA NEEDS A GODDAMNED LEASH. They are allowing poisonous shit and fillers that are not food to enter our food such as food dyes, poisonous chemicals known to cause cancer such as Aspartame and thousands of others which have made made illegal in almost all other countries long ago. They are not interested in safety for us and neither is the FDA. They are all paid off by corporate greed to screw over our health and wellbeing. Medicine drugs and food all make money off of us getting sick. There's no profit in cures or illness prevention. Bunch of sick sadistic bastards who only care about their own families. Let's see them feed it to their kids. Lets see what kind of food they are eating.


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