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Japan With Kids - Forums: Health Topics: Hijiki seaweed
By Kim Collins on Monday, August 2, 2004 - 1:32 pm:

I was looking through my daughter's daycare menu and found hijiki seaweed included. Last week in Britain there was a warning about eating this type of
seaweed as it contained organic arsenic.
I will ask my daycare to remove it from the menu but I would like to hear from anyone who may have any more information or advice about this. Thank you.

By Kim Collins on Monday, August 2, 2004 - 12:54 pm:
Sorry there was a high content of inorganic arsenic found in hijiki, not organic. This type of arsenic can cause cancer and should be avoided.

By Natasha on Wednesday, September 22, 2004 - 5:49 pm:

Japan Times 2004 July 31:
"The Health, Labor and Welfare Ministry on Friday assured Japanese consumers that "hijiki" seaweed is fine in moderation, after British food safety officials recently warned that it contains high levels of arsenic."

I'm not convinced that I want to worry about this. I do think that I am probably getting more cancer-producing agents just by breathing here in the big metropolis (Tokyo). Well... I wanted to know what it looks like anyhow! I found one here:
{ (scroll down or do a search for "photo"), and, to my dismay, it is a seaweed that I actually like! But I don't usually buy the ready made salads with it in them more than once a month myself.

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