Statement regarding our brown rice flour

By , March 16, 2012 3:14 pm
Recently there have been reports discussing the arsenic levels in brown rice.  We want to address this issue and let you know that all of the brown rice we mill is grown in California, which has the lowest levels of arsenic.  A study done by Dr. Andrew Meharg, professor of biogeochemistry at the University of Aberdeen, found that arsenic levels in 107 southern US and central US rice samples averaged .30 micrograms/gram of arsenic, while the California rice samples averaged 0.17 micrograms/gram.  The reason rice in the south has higher levels of arsenic than California rice is because rice crops in the south are typically grown on land previously farmed in cotton; historically, cotton crops were often sprayed with arsenic-based pesticides to control boll weevils. In addition to using rice with very low levels of arsenic, we also do our own testing for bacteria and mold after each production run.  The flour from each production run is tested and must be low enough to meet our high standards; if it is not below a specific value, the flour is rejected. Your safety is extremely important to us and we take strong measures to keep all the flours and baking mixes we produce safe for consumption.  We have been and will continue to monitor the situation regarding arsenic levels in California Rice along with the California Rice Council.  If you would like more information regarding this, please refer to the article here: http://www.realnatural.org/2012/02/17/arsenic-in-rice-unrelated-to-organic/ Best, Steve Rice, Founder of Authentic Foods