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FDA says arsenic levels in rice are not dangerous

But the agency says consumers should vary diet

WASHINGTON — The Food and Drug Administration says consumers should not worry too much about levels of arsenic in rice — but should vary their diets just in case.

The agency released a study Friday of arsenic in 1,300 samples of rice and rice products, the largest study to date looking at the carcinogen’s presence in that grain. Consumer groups have pressured the FDA to set a standard for the amount of arsenic that can be present in rice products.

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