Extremely High Levels of Arsenic Found in Mott’s Apple Juice

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Lead found in juice, isn’t the only child beverage problem you have to worry about. Now there’s arsenic to contend with as well. On Thursday, consumer advocacy organizations Empire State Consumer Project and Food & Water Watch (F&WW) called on the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to take action regarding the issue of arsenic-contaminated apple juice – in particular Mott’s apple juice. A letter sent to the FDA, from the groups, contained new and highly concerning data from testing commissioned by the Empire State Consumer Project. Various brands of apple juice and apple sauce were tested and unfortunately one sample of Mott’s Apple Juice registered 55 parts per billion of arsenic. To put this into perspective, 55 parts per billion is more than five times the level of arsenic that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) allows in drinking water.

This is not the first time high levels of arsenic have been found in apple juice,” said Judy Braiman, Executive Director of the Empire State Consumer Project. “It is past time for the FDA to set a limit on a toxic substance like arsenic with long term health effects in the juice that kids drink.” According to F&WW two-thirds of apple juice consumed here in the U.S. comes from China, which is part of the problem. Arsenic-based pesticides aren’t used in the U.S. but are still being used in Chinese orchards. Additionally, as Food Safety News points out, less than 2% of imported food is actually inspected by FDA. Until the FDA gets on the ball, your best bet is to choose juice that comes from a local, organic juice company.

+ Arsenic-Laced Apple Juice Flowing From China?

+ Arsenic & Young Face

+ A Decade of Dangerous Food Imports from China (pdf)

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3 Responses to “Extremely High Levels of Arsenic Found in Mott’s Apple Juice”

  1. isabrutus55 says:

    Last week was when I first heard about high levels of arsenic in Motts apple juice. I drink alot of Motts apple juice. About 6 months ago i developed an itchy rash on my arms (not poison ivy). Anyone know if higher levels than FDA allowed for arsenic in apple juice may be causing this?

  2. gail webb says:

    I am a disabled senior & just recently learned of the apple juice contamination problem. If I hadn’t seen the information on the internet, I would have continued drinking Mott’s for Tots apple juice. I just started a new diet regimen because I’m being treated for a liver ailment. The apple juice was my idea to help hydrate myself. I’m very relieved to find out in time that I shouldn’t have any apple juice but home-made. I’m now looking at all food products that aren’t produced in this country… anything that is not won’t be purchased. AMERICANS have the power to stop these companies from their selfish, glutinous, corporate, money-blindness attitudes. THE REMEDY IS SIMPLE…….. DON’ BUY THEIR PRODUCTS …….UNTIL THEY MAKE THEM COMPLETELY SAFE. NO MATTER WHAT CORPORATE DOUBLE-TALK comes from any of them. I’ve read some of the corporate statements, and not one corporation says that they are going to make changes to their products,
    They emphasize that they are following set guidelines. What they’re following is a line of thinking that if they make changes, it’s going to cost them money – that’s what they’re doing, and isn’t this what hear from corporations lately? THE REMEDY IS VERY SIMPLE……DO NOT PURCHASE ANY PRODUCT THAT HAS SAFETY ISSUES….. IF AMERICANS IN GREAT NUMBERS DO NOT PROVIDE THEM WITH THE REVENUE THAT THEY LIKE SO MUCH….THEY ABSOLUTELY WILL CHANGE OR SHUT DOWN, and in doing so make room for moral companies, that care wether or not their product actually has a negative affect of their customers, especially children.

  3. healthyhappylife says:

    My fiance developed horrible hives all over his body along with a puffy face after drinking Motts apple juice. I rushed out to buy anti-allergy medicine and if that hadn’t worked we would have gone to emergency. At the time we weren’t sure what caused it. He never gets hives. Then it happened a second time after drinking the same Motts apple juice.

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