It is important to separate sensationalism from the facts.
A recent Consumer Reports study has created some alarming headlines about rice. However, the fact is, rice is consumed by billions of people each day and according to the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and various food safety experts, rice remains an important and nutritious staple of a healthy diet.
In fact, initial analysis from an ongoing FDA study examining arsenic levels in rice suggests there is no scientific reason to limit the consumption of rice and rice products by adults or children. The FDA says consumers should continue eating a balanced diet that includes rice and a variety of grains. Simply put, there is no need to stop eating rice.
I am confident the FDA is doing everything to ensure the food we feed our families is safe. The United States continues to have the safest and most abundant food supply in the world. An affordable, abundant and reliable food supply produced right here in the United States of America is essential to meet the nutritional needs of our people and critical for a robust economy.