Rice is a culinary staple across the globe, featured heavily in everything from Thai to Mexican fare. But, before you pick up a bag of this cost-effective grain on your next trip to a Denver or Houston supermarket, you may want to check its origins before making your final purchase.

New research that was presented at a meeting of the American Chemical Society in New Orleans this week revealed that rice imported from certain regions of the world contained high levels of lead that could be dangerous for young children and adults who regularly consume large amounts of the grain. Under the instruction of Tsanangurayi Tongesayi, Ph.D, scientists from New Jersey's Monmouth University reported that rice from China and Taiwan contained the highest concentrations of this toxic metal. However, samples taken for Czech Republic, Italy, Thailand, Bhutan and India also contained enough lead to cause concern for medical professionals.

"Such findings present a situation that is particularly worrisome given that infants and children are especially vulnerable to the effects of lead poisoning," said Tongesayi, adding that – with these levels – babies would be taking in 30 to 60 times more of this metal than the current provisional total tolerable intake (PTTI) established by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

Though the majority of rice products sold in the United States are locally produced, the American Chemistry Society notes that the amount of imported goods – which make up 7 percent of this market – on grocery shelves is growing.

According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, children from approximately 4 million households across the country are regularly exposed to lead. Lead poisoning is a serious health concern that has a detrimental effect on physical and mental development for kids, and general aging longevity for adults.

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