FDA Cracks Down on Arsenic in Apple Juice
Must meet standards for drinking water
By Matt Cantor, Newser User
Posted Jul 12, 2013 4:53 AM CDT
The FDA is setting limits on apple juice arsenic levels.   (Shutterstock)

(Newser) – Warnings of low levels of arsenic in apple juice have parents worried, but the FDA is taking action. Though the agency has insisted the amounts found in the juice aren't hazardous, it will now require that arsenic levels in apple juice be no higher than those allowed in drinking water, the AP reports. "Overall the supply of apple juice is very safe and does not represent a threat to public health," says the FDA's commissioner, Dr. Margaret Hamburg. But "we decided to put forward this proposed action level to give guidance to industry and to assure ongoing safety."

Apple juice with more than 10 parts per billion of arsenic now risks being taken off shelves; makers could be taken to court. But most apple juices are already more than compliant with the new standards: Some 95% of samples fit the bill in a study last year. The limit is higher than the three parts per billion Consumer Reports' publisher had earlier called for, but the organization doesn't seem worried: "We think this is a perfectly good first step," says its consumer safety director.

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Drewzy
Jul 13, 2013 9:19 AM CDT
Dammit!! Big government interfering with the amount of poison I want to take!!
VooDoo
Jul 13, 2013 7:12 AM CDT
The future turned out just fantastic. I can just put my feet up and relax knowing someone else is monitoring how much arsenic is added to my children's apple juice. Could someone check the cyanide levels too? I'd like to just pour it for 'em and not worry about how much deadly poison is added.
OxygenLynne
Jul 12, 2013 3:16 PM CDT
Yes, low (very, very low) levels of arsenic occur naturally in most fruits and vegetables. And if you ingest more than a trace amount, it can accumulate in your body and cause real health problems. The problem comes in when food manufacturers take their cue from the tobacco industry and put larger amounts of arsenic in our apple juice, rice and other products in order to improve the taste. McDonalds does it to their hamburger buns, (food for thought). There are ways to get this added arsenic out of your system but by far the easiest way is to just stop consuming prepackaged and overly-manufactured foods. The apple has always been good but only because of the additional fiber and pulp... apple juice is just sugar and water... and adding arsenic makes it a health-threat rather than a healthy treat.