News
Arsenic In Some Foods Sold In Iceland

Arsenic In Some Foods Sold In Iceland

Published December 7, 2012

In light of new research to come out of the US about arsenic in food, the Consumer Association has issued a public warning about some foods sold in Iceland.
Consumer Reports published an article last month warning of high levels of arsenic in rice and rice-based foods. The arsenic in these products is derived from the soil the rice is grown in, which has soaked up in some cases decades’ worth of insecticides.
RÚV reports that the Consumer Association of Iceland is now issuing a warning of its own to the general public regarding rice and rice products sold in the country.
Brynhildur Pétursdóttir, the director of the association, told reporters that children under three should only eat rice very occasionally at best, especially those children who do not take dairy food. Everyone else would be well advised to be sure and cook rice in plenty of water.
Consumer Reports also found arsenic present in some fruit juices, but the Consumer Association has not as yet done more exact research into which, if any, juices in Iceland may contain arsenic.
Arsenic is a carcinogenic poison that can build up in the body over a period of years, doing damage to vital organs.



News
Hospital Office Container Fell Off Truck

Hospital Office Container Fell Off Truck

by

A container intended to accommodate doctors at Landspítalinn fell off a truck by Miklabraut, Reykjavík, Friday morning. This was reported by RÚV. Luckily, the container fell on a slip road and did thereby not seriously disturb traffic. Eighteen containers are currently being stacked on the hospital’s premises by Hringbraut, for doctors’ offices. Strike and negotiations Doctors at State hospitals started their first strike action ever late October. So far, negotiations between doctors and State have not produced results. On Friday morning, representatives of the Icelandic Medical Association met with representatives of the State to continue negotiations. Last week, Prime Minister

News
Coast Guard Will Return Guns —As Soon As They Can For Free

Coast Guard Will Return Guns —As Soon As They Can For Free

by

The 250 machine guns acquired from Norway, by the Coast Guard, to share with Iceland’s Police forces, have not been returned as intended. According to the Coast Guard’s public relations manager, they are waiting for an opportunity to ship the guns back without paying hefty shipping fees. This was reported by Vísir. This October, DV broke the news of the acquired weapons and plans within the Police to arm general patrol cars with the MP5 submachine guns. Traditionally, most Police officers have served unarmed, but are backed up, when needed, by special forces. A dispute then arose between authorities within

News
Skyrgámur Shares Seasonal Skyr Cake Recipe

Skyrgámur Shares Seasonal Skyr Cake Recipe

by

For centuries, each Christmas, I have indulged in Iceland’s greatest culinary innovation, Skyr. Now, this beloved strained yoghurt continues to gain popularity across continents. Earlier this year MS Iceland Dairies (Mjólkursamsalan) predicted that 60 million pots of skyr would be sold internationally and 8 million pots domestically. I’ve posted a number of my personal skyr recipes on my food blog, Skyrgámur’s Scrumptious Skyr Secrets, but in honour of the upcoming season I’m guest blogging here on the Grapevine to share my Ultimate Christmas Skyr Cake – Enjoy! Skyrgámur’s Ultimate Christmas Skyr Cake Ingredients Base 200 g (7 ounces) Dates, pitted

News
Central Bank Prepays Portion Of IMF Loan

Central Bank Prepays Portion Of IMF Loan

by

The Central Bank of Iceland has decided to prepay 50 billion ISK (ca. €320 mi) to the International Monetary Fund (IMF). According to the bank’s statement, this was decided in the light of the bank’s “relatively abundant liquidity position”. Following Iceland’s 2008 economic crash, the country received financing from the IMF, totalling at around €1,6 billion. After the currently announced payment, authorities will, according to the Central Bank, have repaid 83% of the loan.

News
Icelanders Prefer Artificial Christmas Trees

Icelanders Prefer Artificial Christmas Trees

by

Only a third of Icelanders will be buying a real live Christmas tree this holiday season, report RÚV. According to a survey from MMR, artificial Christmas trees have been slowly but surely taking over the holiday tree market in Iceland. Roughly 32% of people will be buying a living Christmas tree this year compared to 40% two years ago. Meanwhile 56% of Icelanders plan to buy or put up an artificial Christmas tree this year. Taking their survey a bit further MMR discovered that those who vote for the Social Democratic Alliance or Bright Future are more likely to buy

News
Holuhraun Eruption Looks Like A Santa Hat

Holuhraun Eruption Looks Like A Santa Hat

by

An aerial image of the Holuhraun eruption and the surrounding lava field was the inspiration for the Earth Sciences Institute’s (ESI) annual Christmas card this year, reports RÚV. The eruption site and lava field have – through the wonders of Windows Paint – been transformed into a lovely red Santa hat with the following seasonal greeting from ESI staff: We’ll keep an eye on the lava, but… Merry Christmas! Post by Jarðvísindastofnun Háskólans. Yesterday was a fairly calm day on at the eruption site according to the Meteorological office. Only two earthquakes with a magnitude over 4 were measured. As

Show Me More!