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Is Lundberg Family Farms testing for arsenic?

Yes, we have been testing for arsenic in our rice for over ten years. The average level of inorganic arsenic in our rice is below the standards established by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) and the Codex


Why does Lundberg believe its products are safe?

Based on over 10 years of testing our products, the average concentration of inorganic arsenic in our brown rice (93 ppb) is less than half of the standard established by EFSA for brown rice (250 ppb) and less than half of the standard established by EFSA and Codex for white rice (200 ppb).

Additionally, the health benefits of rice have been studied extensively over the years. These studies consistently point to multiple benefits, including lowering the risk for obesity, high blood pressure, type two diabetes and metabolic syndrome. Visit the Whole Grains Council website for more on the benefits of brown rice.


Does Lundberg Family Farms publish test results for specific varieties?

In any given season, we grow 17-20 varieties of rice, so we grouped our varieties into commonly divided categories based on size, shape and eating characteristics.

We categorize our rice varieties according to the three main types used in the industry: long, medium and short. Additionally, we have a separate aromatic category due to their tendency to have lower concentrations of inorganic arsenic. Finally, due to its popularity and health benefits, we group colored varieties into a separate category. Below is a description of the five categories:

  • Long Grain – Long, slender kernel that is typically three times longer than its width (Long Grain Rice)
  • Medium Grain – Compared to Long Grain, Medium Grain is a shorter and wider kernel, that is about 2.5 times longer than its width (Arborio and Calrose)
  • Short Grain – Short, plump, almost round kernel (Short Grain and Sushi)
  • Aromatic – Long grain rice that has a distinctive aroma and flavor similar to that of popcorn or roasted nuts or mild burlap. (Basmati and Jasmine)
  • Color – Contains colored outer bran layer which has naturally occurring phytochemicals, including antioxidants linked with health benefits. (Red and Black)

How much inorganic arsenic is in a serving of Lundberg Family Farms rice?

Our historical testing shows an average of 4.3 micrograms per serving. This compares to an average of 7.2 micrograms per serving of all brown rice reviewed by FDA1.

1 http://www.fda.gov/downloads/Food/FoodborneIllnessContaminants/Metals/UCM352467.pdf


What levels of inorganic arsenic are in Lundberg Rice Cakes?

Our historical testing of rice cakes shows that the inorganic arsenic levels in our Unsalted and Lightly Salted Rice Cakes is about 110 ppb. This compares favorably with the standard for rice cakes established by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) of 300 part per billion2.

2 http://eur-lex.europa.eu/legal-content/EN/TXT/HTML/?uri=CELEX:32015R1006&from=EN


Does Lundberg test quinoa for arsenic?

Lundberg has conducted some preliminary tests for inorganic arsenic in quinoa. These preliminary results show that inorganic arsenic was not detected in the quinoa samples, as the inorganic arsenic levels may be very low and below the level of detection with current testing methodology.


Does brown rice syrup have higher levels of inorganic arsenic?

Our testing results, research, and consultation with other food producers indicate that the brown rice syrup manufacturing process does not concentrate the level of inorganic arsenic. It appears that the level in the syrup is at the same level as the rice that was used to make the syrup.


Should I be tested for arsenic if I consume Lundberg products?

There have been no recommendations from professional health organizations nor from the FDA for general testing of arsenic in the public at large. Your health is a personal matter between you and your physician, and if you have concerns, you should consult your physician. If your drinking water comes from a private well, it would be prudent to have the well water tested on a regular basis. Arsenic concentrations vary across the country, and are particularly high in some regions.


Is chicken litter used in your production systems?

Yes, chicken litter is one of the sources of fertility used in the production of organic rice. The Organic Systems Plan of each of our family of growers addresses how they will manage the production of their crop with many interrelated and complementary factors. The litter used to grow our rice complies with standards established through the National Organic Program and Organic Materials Review Institute. Each of the suppliers of chicken litter guarantees us or our growers that they do not use arsenicals in their poultry production systems, nor do they add any inputs after the litter has left the chicken houses.


Has cotton been grown on your fields?

No, cotton has not been grown on our fields. We also have not seen data that corroborates the suggestion that rice in the United States is widely grown on the same soils as is cotton.

Last Updated: 11/17/22