Dr. Oz Finds Arsenic in Many Top Apple Juice Brands

by , 09/15/11

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Back in July, we told you about the the extremely high levels of arsenic found in Mott’s Apple Juice. Now there’s even more bad news for apple juice manufacturers, as NBC’s Medical Expert, Dr. Oz, reports that his team has found arsenic in many more of the nation’s top apple juice brands. The Dr. Oz team conducted a huge study on leading apple juice brands, such as Minute Maid Apple Juice, Apple and Eve Apple Juice, Mott’s, Juicy Juice, and Gerber, finding high levels of arsenic in most of them. Arsenic is a metal that can cause cancer and other health problems, so you absolutely don’t want your child drinking it. Yet, if you buy popular, non-organic brands of apple juice, that’s just what your child may be drinking. Keep reading to find out which apple juice brands contained too much arsenic.

When Mott’s Apple Juice was tested back in July, it registered 55 parts per billion of arsenic. That’s more than five times the level of arsenic that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) allows in drinking water. The EPA sets limits on water, but not juice, stating that drinking water, to be considered safe can only contain 10 parts per billion of arsenic. Most of the juices tested by Dr. Oz, contained much more arsenic than this:

  • Gerber Apple Juice’s highest test sample for arsenic was 36 parts per billion!
  • Juicy Juice Apple Juice’s highest test sample for arsenic was 22 parts per billion.
  • Apple and Eve Apple Juice’s highest test sample for arsenic was 11 parts per billion.

Mott’s Apple Juice, although called out this summer, still had a high test sample for arsenic registering at 16 parts per billion. Minute Maid Apple Juice came out ahead of the game with a high test sample of just 3 parts per billion. You can see all test results at the Dr. Oz website. Yikes. Most of these apple juice brands contain levels of arsenic that are far too high.

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2 Responses to “Dr. Oz Finds Arsenic in Many Top Apple Juice Brands”

  1. bataylor says:

    I heard the FDA’s response to this – that the testing Dr. Oz did was not done correctly. There is organic arsenic (I know how it sounds) and inorganic arsenic, and supposedly, when Dr. OZ did the testing, he measured ALL arsenic, not just the dangerous inorganic kind. When the FDA repeated the test and seperated the organic and inorganic arsenic, the levels of dangerous arsenic were extreemely low, most close to 0.
    More details here: http://www.shape.com/blogs/shape-your-life/apple-juice-safe-dr-oz-controversy

  2. cornelius says:

    Wow, you guys really fell for this fear-mongering?
    ABC News Health and Medical Editor Dr. Richard Besser has taken the shameless “Dr.” Oz to task, and the problems with Oz’s terrible reporting are explained in detail here:
    http://theness.com/neurologicablog/index.php/oz-gets-taken-to-task-over-apple-juice/

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