Citing the need to protect the long-term health of children, U.S. Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-Ct.) has introduced legislation (H.R. 2529) that would require the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to set a maximum permissible level for inorganic arsenic in rice and rice products within two years.

“High levels of inorganic arsenic, a known carcinogen, can be found in rice, cereal and other common, everyday foods,” DeLauro said. “The federal government needs to step in to make sure that American families are consuming food that is safe.”

The proposal has been referred to the Committee on Energy and Commerce and Committee on Agriculture. See Press Release of U.S. Rep. Rosa DeLauro, May 21, 2015.