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Friday, July 12, 2013

FDA Says an "Appropriate" Amount of Aresenic is OK in Your Juice

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has a standard established for the amount of arsenic that can be found in water and still render it safe for drinking, which is 10 parts per billion (ppb). Until 2008, there was no standard for juice.

In 2008 FDA regulators set a "level of concern" for arsenic at 23 ppb in apple juice--a considerably high level allowed than the level for water.  Recently, the differences in these standards has come under fire as arsenic levels were discovered in juice, particularly apple and grape juice, that were higher than the levels found in water.

In a recent test of juices by the Centers for Disease Control, 10 percent had arsenic levels that were higher than what is allowed in the FDA's standards for water, and 25 percent of the juices had arsenic levels that exceeded the levels for bottled water, which is 5 ppb. The uproar is the dichotomy between the standards pertaining to water and those pertaining to juice, a favorite drink among children. The arsenic is a type known as inorganic, which is a human carcinogen.

After pressure from consumer groups, the FDA has now lowered the standard on juices to the same standard set for drinking water--10 ppb. After doing their own testing the FDA stated that 95 percent were below the acceptable level. Those that are above the standard will be removed from the market.

The juices found to contain arsenic levels higher than water included:

ABOVE 10 PPG                                          ABOVE 5 PPG

Apple Juice:

Apple & Eve                                                   A&P                    Trader Joe's
Great Value (Walmart)                                  Gerber                 Minute Maid
Mott’s                                                             CVS                    Walgreens
                                                                       Walmart              Seneca
Grape Juice:

Welch's                                                           Welch's
Walgreen brand                                              Walgreen brand
                                                                        Gold Emblem

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