Arsenic is an element that naturally occurs in the environment and is widely distributed. It can be found in soil, water, and air, from which different foods are grown, as well as harvested. It is therefore not shocking that traces of arsenic have been found in beverages and foods. This element gets into the environment via both artificial and natural sources, including agricultural application and mineral ore processing.
Foods that Contain Arsenic
Arsenic naturally occurs in foods including vegetables, fruits, fish and grains. Traces of the element can also be found in drinking water. Most recently, low arsenic levels have also been detected in juice and rice products. Despite the discovery of arsenic in different food products, there is nothing to worry about, yet. The FDA continues to monitor arsenic levels in food supplies. As of now, no safety concern has been determined for juice products, rice, or any other beverages or food. In addition, the FDA has not recommended consumers to alter their rice or rice products’ consumption. It however, encourages and promotes consumption of a balanced die with a wide range of grains.
How the Government Ensures the Safety of Beverages and Foods
For more than twenty years, the Food and Drug Administration has been monitoring and overseeing arsenic levels in beverages and food. It is also committed towards protecting the health of the general public. The FDA does an evaluation of all the data available to establish safety, based on factors such as consumption, dietary exposure, and general public health. Additionally, this governmental body determines any probable health effects originating from all sources of food.
It is clear that arsenic is an element present in most foods and beverages. Since its level is strictly monitored by FDA, there have been no health concern issues.