DoH warns children over rice drinks

Toddlers and young children should not be given drinks containing rice, the DoH has advised.

Photograph: istock
Photograph: istock

The recommendation follows a report by the Food Standards Agency into the levels of arsenic in rice drink, a blend of filtered water and rice.

Rice drinks (also known as rice milk) are marketed as dairy-free alternatives to cows’ milk and low-fat drinks.

The DoH said that all children aged between one and five years should not be given rice drinks in order to minimise their exposure to inorganic arsenic.

The department stressed that this is a precautionary measure and that there is no immediate risk of harmful effects.

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