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August 12/26, 2013

Public Health Responses to Arsenic in Rice and Other Foods

Author Affiliations
  • 1Department of Environmental Health Sciences, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Baltimore, Maryland
  • 2Department of Epidemiology, Welch Center for Prevention, Epidemiology, and Clinical Research, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Baltimore, Maryland
  • 3Department of Health Policy and Management, Johns Hopkins Center for Livable Future, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Baltimore
  • 4Department of Oncology, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, Baltimore
JAMA Intern Med. 2013;173(15):1395-1396. doi:10.1001/jamainternmed.2013.6405

Inorganic arsenic and its methylated metabolites are powerful toxicants and carcinogens.1 Arsenic has always been present at varying levels in drinking water and various foods. Recently, however, there has been heightened concern about rice, fruit juices, and chicken as sources of dietary arsenic.2-5 There are many questions about the appropriate public health responses.

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