FDA issues warning to parents: Do not feed babies too much rice cereal

Exposure to inorganic arsenic can lead to developmental issues for children, such as decreased performance on developmental tests

The US government has released a statement advising parent not to rely too heavily on rice cereal as a food staple for babies because it is a leading cause of arsenic exposure for infants. It was reported that high levels of inorganic arsenic was found in rice and rice products.

The Food and Drug Administration said in a news release that it is working to reduce the levels of inorganic arsenic in rice cereal for babies because of the concerns. FDA officials are requiring rice cereal to contain no more than 100 parts per billion of inorganic arsenic. But, the agency also encouraged parents not to feed their kids too much cereal.

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News Source: The Straits Times