Irish academics develop way to solve problem of arsenic in rice
Researchers have discovered a new way to make eating rice safer.
Contamination of rice with cancer-causing arsenic is a major problem in some parts of the world.
Academics at Queen's University Belfast have discovered they can reduce the presence of the chemical by modifying processing methods at traditional small-scale parboiling plants in Bangladesh.
The new method also increases the calcium content of rice, the experts said.
"There has long been a search for ways to remove arsenic from rice that is both low-tech and can be widely adapted," said Professor Andrew Meharg of the Institute for Global Food Security.
"Our findings show arsenic removal can be readily conducted using this post-harvest processing of rice."
People in Bangladesh eat about 500g of rice per person per day.
Arsenic can cause cancer and may enter rice from the soil of flooded fields.