VARIOUS cause-oriented groups have expressed alarm over reports that millions of tons of rice being imported by the National Food Authority (NFA) from other countries could contain high level of toxic arsenic chemical. Mike Domingo, convenor of People for Empowerment and Truth said that rice is the main staple of the Filipino people hence the government should take seriously “this unwelcome development.” This developed as they called on the Aquino government to craft outright and effective measures to ensure that rice being sold in the markets is safe and fit for human consumption. Domingo was reacting to a July 19 article of the South China Morning Post, which reported that the Codex Alimentarius Commission has decided to recommend a uniform “international standard limiting the arsenic level of rice being sold in the market by rice exporting countries.” The commission, which is based in Geneva, Switzerland also said that their studies revealed that consumption of food that contains arsenic that is beyond the tolerable limit, could result to serious illnesses like cancer, heart disease, nervous system breakdown, brain damage and others. Arsenic is said to be highly toxic metallic element that has color yellow, black and gray which is said to… Read full this story
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