In some foods containing organic brown rice syrup, such as organic baby formulas, cereal bars, and energy shot drinks, researchers at Dartmouth College have found traces of the carcinogen arsenic.
Brown rice syrup is a sweetener often used as a substitute for high fructose corn syrup. In one brand of baby formula, researchers found levels of arsenic six times the amount the EPA allows in drinking water. Infants exposed to high levels of arsenic could suffer from lower IQs and lower intellectual abilities.
The FDA is currently testing rice products, such as rice cakes and rice cereals, to evaluate the risks and levels of arsenic.