Arsenic in Brown Rice Sirup, Shame on you Gluten Free Product Manufacturers


People that are gluten intolerant consume health bars that are sweetened with biological brown rice sirup. Being gluten intolerant is not easy and it’s important for the caeliac to have safe snack foods. It’s also extremely hard to find.

However, a study has recently shown that the sirup contains arsenic.(http://shine.yahoo.com/healthy-living/arsenic-found-brown-rice-syrup-organic-foods-baby-185300194.html)

Following this report, it will be even tougher to locate safe and tasty grocery aisle gluten free snack foods.

Arsenic is a carcinogen as well as a poison.
Arsenic is used to make bullets as well as  to preserve dead corpses.

When consumed by humans, arsenic can induce violent diarrhea, haemorrhage as well as organ failure. When you want to eat a health bar, you do not seek the symptoms above.

One of my favorite health bars is Enjoy Life and their bars are all sweetened with biological brown rice sirup. I have been eating their bars for years and they were clearly mentionned in La Presse (local paper)

Allergy Friendly Enjoy Life (but with Arsenic!!!)????

When you visit their website, they clearly indicate their products are allergen free:

NO TRANS FAT, NO ARTIFICIAL INGREDIENTS, VEGAN, KOSHER PAREVE, VITAMIN FORTIFIED, GLUTEN-FREE, CASEIN-FREE

Yet, it’s OK to put arsenic in the cereal bars? I have written to the company with my concerns and with let you know what they have to say. But, for now, my next cereal bar purchases will be industrial bars with no trace of brown rice anything.

Better safe than sorry.

 Let’s open the floor for discussions:

How does this make you feel?

Are you concerned?

Do you wonder what else the so-called biological industry is claiming as healthy and safe?

Let’s talk about it! All opinions will be respected.

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2 thoughts on “Arsenic in Brown Rice Sirup, Shame on you Gluten Free Product Manufacturers

  1. Here is a press release that we issued this evening:

    Recently the major US news networks released a story in which it was reported that some Baby formula and Toddler cereal bars might have levels of arsenic within the product. Further the reports stated that the Arsenic might be in the organic brown rice syrup within the product.
    Upon release of this story, Enjoy Life immediately opened its own investigation into the issue, and has had multiple conversations with its supplier of brown rice syrup. Enjoy Life’s Wisconsin based supplier of U.S. and Argentinian grown brown rice syrup has stated that their product is produced in accordance with strict Good Manufacturing Practices as detailed in the Code of Federal Regulations. The safety of this ingredient is assured by the strict use and application of HACCP plans in accordance with Codex guidelines. The supplier further stated that the brown rice syrup meets any and all guidelines for naturally occurring or otherwise hazardous minerals or heavy metals, including Arsenic.
    As a natural products manufacturer whose products are both Gluten Free and Free from the Top 8 allergens, Enjoy Life’s primary concern is the safety of all of its products for all consumers. Consumers can rest assured that Enjoy Life is continuing the investigation, and has requested independently produced tests by world-renowned labs to further test for arsenic levels in its brown rice syrup. The company will share the findings of these tests with the public as soon as they become available.
    The arsenic content of a food, in particular the inorganic arsenic, is determined by the arsenic levels of the soil, water, air, fertilizer, pesticides and other chemicals to which the food source has been exposed. Enjoy Life’s brown rice syrup is produced from U.S. and Argentinian rice, so it is thought to be more insulated from the use of the very chemicals that have created “inorganic” arsenic in our environment.

    Enjoy Life, a proud member of the non-GMO project, fully supports any effort that calls for regulatory limits on elemental (inorganic, man-made) chemical arsenic in municipal water supply. We also stand with those who call for regulatory control on genetically modified ingredients, mercury exposure through food, the use of pesticides, herbicides, insecticides, and artificial flavors and food dyes that may be carcinogenic in our nation’s food supply.
    For the past 10 years, Enjoy Life has heavily invested in research and development to offer the very best products that are safe for people with dietary issues, including celiac disease, gluten intolerance, food allergies, and other dietary challenges. We continue to be a leader in creating all-natural products that have a clean ingredient profile. The company will continue to invest in R&D to identify alternative ingredients, when necessary, that will allow all consumers the ability to enjoy our products without any worry or reaction.
    Enjoy Life Natural Brands, LLC is a privately held company that sells its products in over 10,000 stores across the US and Canada. Founded in 2001, Enjoy Life is recognized as a leading company in providing safe products to families with food allergies and food intolerances. The company is based in Schiller Park, IL.

    • Thank you for responding directly on my blog.
      I will wait for the results of the investigation before consuming your products again.
      Please communicate the results as soon as you hear back.
      The Enjoy life bars are the only cereal bars I eat and now, I’ll have to do without for a while.

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