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The guidance aims to protect public health by reducing infants’ dietary exposure to inorganic arsenic.
The data patterns allowed researchers to develop a matrix to predict the traits of rice plants depending on their genetics and the environment in which they are grown, which they said could be adapted and utilised for other crop types.
The scientists recommended that the UK government and European Commission introduce labelling to clarify whether rice is safe for consumption by babies and children under five.
The study examined National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) data, a national survey of food intake, from 2001 to 2014 to assess food intake in infants and toddlers from birth to 23 months.
The multi-stakeholder alliance - the Sustainable Rice Platform (SRP) - comprises 100 global public, private and civil society organisations, and promotes resource-use efficiency and climate change resilience, both on-farm and throughout the rice value chain.
Golden Rice is said to reduce Vitamin A deficiency (VAD), but a new study has suggested that those most at risk of VAD do not have sufficient access to the GM crop.
The research, carried out by the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, found 75 percent of rice-based products tested had concentrations of arsenic that exceeded the EU guideline for safe rice consumption for babies and toddlers.
The researchers explained how rice was domesticated from wild species that grew in tropical regions, where it then adapted to endure flooding and submersion in water.
Leveraging climate finance to scale climate-smart rice production is the cornerstone of global food security and urgently needed to avert civil unrest, according to a report by Earth Security Group (ESG).
Korea has agreed to include a 408,700-tonne tariff-rate quota for rice imports from the US, Australia, China, Thailand and Vietnam in its World Trade Organization Schedule.