"We are really surprised, we expected and we thought the limits would cause the levels to fall," says Petra Bergkvist, state inspector of Food and Drug Administration in Sweden, TT.
The new limit values for The poison was introduced on January 1, 2016, after an emergency report on high levels of inorganic arsenic in rice. The Authority tested eight different rice before and after the limit values and introduced that poison content increased in six of them.
A product, a large grain rice, was withdrawn from the market because the value was too high. The rest is still below the limit.
Because arsenic levels increase despite the fact that regulation is currently unclear.
"Within the limits, it could be that the companies were a little more careful, taking care that their parties have lower levels. With the limit that was made possible, other lots of rice can be put in the market that before, since not yet knew where would be the limit, says Petra Bergkvist.
Several products had the values which are around the limit value, but the Swedish Food Safety Authority took into account statistical uncertainty, which means that you can not be sure that the levels are so high that the products should be withdrawn.
The growth of arsenic is greater in two organic rice. The products that have the highest levels are also organic.
"We have made a statistical comparison and it is not only a difference to the eye, but also a statistically comparable and significant difference," says Bergkvist.
Arsenic is found naturally on the rock and is occupied by rice through the soil or irrigation water. The levels are not usually affected by additives or handling processes. Because organic rice has more poison levels, the Swedish Food Safety Authority has no response at this time.
The new measures are taken There are no changes to the recommendations of the Food Safety Authority. At least not at present. As an adult you should not eat more than six portions of rice per week and as a child you should not eat more than four. Parents should not also give children under six years of risk or rice drinks.
Whole rice should only be selected at times. And do not mess with the water when boiling.
– It is good to cook rice with excess water, which is then boiled. Inorganic arsenic dissolves in water and can get rid of it by just changing these habits, "says Petra Bergkvist.
The National Food Administration also analyzed pork and veal for children and found that levels of cadmium and lead decreased slightly from the previous survey in 2011. For baby foods, stricter legislation applies and the industry seems to adapt, according to Petra Bergkvist.
"Children's food companies have a good idea of the ingredients of cadmium and lead, because they know what parents really want and what they are watching," he says.
Arsenic is an element found in the back and the ground. Arsenic has no odor, flavor or color when mixed in water, even when doses are high. If you receive high levels for a long time, you have a greater risk of skin cancer, lungs, bladder and probably also in the kidneys and liver.
Arsenic can also lead to cardiovascular diseases and diabetes. Foster and children are particularly sensitive to the topic.
Rice seems to be more susceptible to absorbing and storing high levels of arsenic. If rice is grown ecologically or not, it does not matter when the substance is naturally present in the soil.
Source: Food Agency