Experts said cadmium in rice does not mean excessive heavy metal in soil

By | July 14, 2013

Consolidated Report by ChinaAbout.net: According to the Xiaoxiang Morning News, on 13 July the “Soil pollution and food safety special forum” was held in Changsha City Library. Researcher of Guangdong Institute of Eco-environment and Soil Sciences, Dr. Chen Shineng analyzed that cadmium-tainted rice is not equal to soil pollution, a lot of nitrogen fertilizer, acid rain, rice, soil pollution, can all lead to the result of cadmium-tainted rice. “Cadmium rice production does not mean excessive heavy metals in soil; and it does not mean high concentrations of cadmium in soil” Chen also said that according to the study, acidic soils in southern China is easier for the soil to intake cadmium.

The cadmium-tainted rice event in Guangdong Province

The government of Guangdong Province in April this year announced the rice sampling results collected from the province’s 10 cities and excess cadmium was detected in 120 batches of rice, among the most serious samples, the content of cadmium was 6 times higher than the standard. As China’s major rice production center, Hunan Province is the main source of the found cadmium-tainted rice. It is widely believed that industrial pollution is the major cause of the cadmium-tainted rice.

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