Arsenic In Juice – High levels of arsenic are found in apple and grape juice. The poison levels in some samples exceed allowable limits for water and have renewed concerns about the safety of popular childhood drinks.
Product-testing organization Consumer Reports analyzed 88 samples and found that five samples of apple and four samples of grape had total poison levels exceeding federal limits in place for drinking water.
Brands including Apple & Eve, Great Value, Mott’s, Walgreens and Welch’s had at least one sample that exceeded the 10 parts per billion threshold, it said.
Federal standards for the arsenic in water exist, but liquid squeezed from fruit and other foods are not regulated.
Because it is a mainstay of many children’s diets, the group said they could be particularly vulnerable to health issues associated with arsenic, including certain forms of cancer.
The findings were released online and are featured in the January 2012 issue of Consumer Reports magazine.
In September, Dr. Oz told viewers on his show that certain brands of apple juice can be dangerous because they contain high levels of arsenic. Oz claimed that his team tested 50 different brands of apple juice, and they all contained a high element of arsenic.
The FDA was quick to contest the report, saying that all apple juice sold in stores is safe. The agency said the testing was inaccurate because Oz tested for both organic arsenic, which is not harmful, and also inorganic arsenic. The results of testing for both combined, according to the agency, led to the conclusion of levels being dangerously high.
The FDA sent a letter to The Dr. Oz Show saying that “we have advised you that the test for total arsenic DOES NOT distinguish inorganic arsenic from organic arsenic.”
“The FDA believes that it would be irresponsible and misleading for The Dr. Oz Show to suggest that apple juice contains unsafe amounts of arsenic based solely on tests for total arsenic,” the letter also stated.