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Warning over rice drinks for children

3rd June 2009

The Department of Health has issued advice recommending that toddlers and young children should not be given drinks containing rice.

The recommendation follows a Food Standards Agency report into the levels of arsenic in rice drink, a blend of filtered water and rice, which are marketed as dairy-free alternatives to cows’ milk and low-fat drinks. The DH has stressed the move is a precautionary measure but suggests all children under five should not be given rice drinks in order to minimise their exposure to inorganic arsenic.

 

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