The Dangers of Seaweed
Britain's Food Standards Agency (FSA) is reportedly considering measures to cut back on the consumption of a type of seaweed called hijiki, which allegedly contains high levels of inorganic arsenic.
Hijiki is used primarily in Japanese food.
On July 28 2004, the FSA issued a warning that advised people not to eat the seaweed.
"A survey carried out by the Agency found that hijiki contains inorganic arsenic, a form that occurs naturally in some food and can increase people's risk of developing cancer if eaten regularly".
Hijiki is a distinctive, almost black, shredded seaweed, that is used mainly as an appetiser or starter in some Japanese restaurants.
Following the warning, the FSA has recently urged the food and wholesale industries to discuss effective measures to restrain consumption of hijiki.
The day will come when we will not be allowed to eat anyhting!