16 Feb '11, 2am

About 10 per cent of China's rice is laced with heavy metals like cadmium, arsenic and mercury, a report says

About 10 per cent of China's rice is laced with heavy metals like cadmium, arsenic and mercury, a report says

A worker unloads bags of rice from a truck at a wholesale market in Nanjing. A report says up to 10 per cent of rice in China is contaminated with heavy metals. -- PHOTO: AP BEIJING - UP TO 10 per cent of rice grown in China is contaminated with harmful heavy metals stemming from pollution linked to the nation's rapid industrialisation, a report said. This week's edition of the New Century magazine cited studies showing that large amounts of Chinese rice have been tainted with heavy metals like cadmium for years but that little has been done to highlight the dangers. 'During China's fast-paced industrialisation, activities such as mining have sprung up everywhere, releasing into the environment chemical elements like cadmium, arsenic, mercury and other harmful heavy metals,' the report said. 'These harmful heavy metals have spread through the air and water, polluting a rat...

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