The Bhutan Agriculture and Food Regulatory Authority (BAFRA), Ministry of Agriculture and Forests has carried out testing of Arsenic contents in Rice to ensure food safety, as rice is the main staple food in Bhutan and rice can take up more Arsenic than other foods from the soil and water.
The test was carried out for 14 rice samples (both local and imported rice varieties). None of the rice samples contained Inorganic Arsenic (toxic form) and the level of Arsenic level was below the Maximum Level (ML).
Therefore, as per the test results, there is no potential food safety risk due to Arsenic Poisoning in Rice as of now. However, BAFRA will continue monitoring the level of Arsenic in Rice to ensure food safety.
This is issued in the interest of Public Health.
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