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Health Agencies Update
May 22/29, 2018

GAO Calls for Coordinated Efforts to Detect Arsenic in Rice

JAMA. 2018;319(20):2068. doi:10.1001/jama.2018.6020

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) commissioner should develop timelines for updating the risk assessment on arsenic in rice and for finalizing the agency’s draft guidance on arsenic in infant rice cereal, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) recommended in a recent report.

In addition, the GAO recommended that the FDA commissioner and the secretary of the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) develop ways to better coordinate the development of methods to detect contaminants in food, including arsenic in rice.