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FDA tests find very low levels of arsenic in rice

In tests for arsenic in more than 1,300 samples of rice and rice products, the Food and Drug Administration has found levels vary but overall are far too low to cause any immediate or short-term adverse health effects.

The results, out Friday, represent the first time FDA has released broad numbers on arsenic’s presence in rice products. The findings show the highest average levels in brown rice, the lowest in rice wine. The brown rice had 160 parts per billion inorganic arsenic per serving, infant rice cereal 120 and rice wine 11.

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Dead calf prompts rabies concerns

People who had contact with a calf that was kept near a popular Rhode Island ice cream shop should contact health officials because the animal may have had rabies, state health authorities said Thursday.

The three month old black-and-white calf, named Oreo, bit a Massachusetts resident on July 15. It was quarantined the next day and was found dead Sunday.

Oreo had lived in a pasture next to Gray’s, a popular ice cream shop, and state health officials said they believe “a large number” of people may have touched the calf. Officials urged anyone who had physical contact with the animal since July 5 to notify the health department in the state where they live.

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