Way back in July of 2011, we first told you about told you about the the extremely high levels of arsenic found in Mott’s Apple Juice. Then in September Dr. Oz and his team, ran their own tests and found that it was true; most apple juice brands contained more arsenic than the EPA deems safe in drinking water. Those first two rounds of tests encouraged Consumer Reports to run their own testing and just this week they found that, yet again, far too many juice brands contain unsafe levels of arsenic. Consumer Reports notes that this newest round of testing has prompted the organization to call for government standards to limit consumers’ exposure to these toxins. Right now, there are set federal limits about how much arsenic and lead can be in both bottled and drinking water but there are absolutely zero limits set when it comes to juice. Consumer Reports is concerned because a recent poll they conducted showed that juice is a mainstay of many children’s diets.
The Consumer Reports research included an analysis of the National Center for Health Statistics’ National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) database along with interviews of physicians and authors of peer-reviewed studies, all of which shows that chronic exposure to arsenic and lead, at levels even below federal standards for water, can result in serious health problems. Young children and babies in the womb are more at risk for these health issues due to their smaller, still developing bodies. That said, Consumers Union, the advocacy subgroup of Consumer Reports, thinks that the FDA’s “level of concern” regarding arsenic in juice is inadequate to protect public health and is urging the FDA to set a more protective standard of 3 ppb for total arsenic and 5 ppb for lead in juice. According to Consumer Reports, this isn’t a stretch by any means, as 41% of juice tested already meets such safety standards.
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