FDA Releases Arsenic Test Results – Is Rice Safe for Your Dog?


Testing for Arsenic in Rice
September 6, 2013 — The Food and Drug Administration has today published its arsenic test results taken from approximately 1,300 samples of rice and rice products.

While arsenic content varied significantly from product to product, scientists concluded the levels were “too low in the rice… to cause any immediate or short-term adverse health effects”.

The FDA’s advice for consumers, including pregnant women, infants and children includes…

“eat a well-balanced diet… to minimize potential adverse consequences from consuming an excess of any one food.”

But what about our 4-legged “children”?

The Controversy About Arsenic in Rice

In a recent article published here in October 2012, we detailed the controversy over the arsenic content of rice.

The interest in this issue was piqued by a Consumer Reports article published earlier that same year.

What Should You Do?

Based on the FDA study, rice is probably safe for dogs. However, is it safe enough for continuous daily feeding?

Unlike their human owners, dogs are expected by many pet food companies and veterinary professionals to eat the same food twice each day, 7 days a week, year-after-year.

And frankly, that doesn’t seem to us like “a well-balanced diet”.

Since there’s probably no such thing as a perfect dog food, it’s reasonable to assume every product is deficient or excessive in some way.

So, feeding the same ingredient — not just rice — meal-after-meal, day-in and day-out almost certainly magnifies the risk of creating adverse long term consequences for our pets.

That’s just one of the many reasons we continue to recommend dietary rotation for most dogs.

  • somebodysme

    What are you talking about? I assume just trying to be funny…pfft…

  • Pattyvaughn

    Do you need someone to type petflow dot com or perhaps chewy dot com? No one can answer your question, if you don’t take English into consideration and actually explain what you are looking for.

  • Cyndi

    You can also google any brand you’re looking for and stores that have it will come up…

  • Cyndi

    There’s a dog food store locator at the top of the page.

  • Cyndi

    What kind of dog food are you looking for?

  • sahar

    is anyone on now!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! like come on!!!!

  • sahar

    its so annoying can anyone help me find where to get the dog food please if u do thank a bunch!

  • sahar

    im looking for where to buy it! ohhh!!!!! i can find it on any website or on google! because im getting a puppy soon…..

  • chiapink

    Wait until the chickens from the U.S. are sent 8,000 miles to China to be processed, then 8,000 miles back, read all about it under “truthaboutpetfood.com

  • amelia Gronvall

    Is the FDA appproves of putting anti-freeze in dog food… I still don’t trust rice being in dog food.

  • Jennifer Cartwright

    Hi Jacqueline,

    Can you send me an email? I’d love to chat about what you feed your dogs. My email is [email protected] Do you add any vitamins to their food? 🙂

  • Jacqueline Rimmer

    I cook food for my dogs. Yes they have rice sometimes and they also have spaghetti, pasta, noodles etc with their protein. The protein can either be chicken, steak, turkey or fish. Sometimes (but not often) eggs. They have veggies as well with their food. They are healthy, happy, correct weight. I guess I probably cook more for them than I do for myself. I consider as I rescued them I owe it to them to give them the very best. I have two dogs a Jack Russell age 6 and a Patterdale Terrier age 13.

  • JudyandSam Simpson Norris

    Both of mine have been on Grain-Free for since puppies and they are almost 5 & 2yrs. old. They both eat Fromm Pork & Peas from Hollywood Feed in B’ham, Al. No more itchy skin.

  • Eric Goldman, DC

    No grains for dogs! Arsenic or not!

  • John Hufnagel

    Very good advice…as usual. Thank you for the information.

  • HealthyDogs

    Other note. Recently. We have also been alerted to arsenic in chicken. Now let’s put chicken and rice together, and feed it every day. Ugh.