Consumer Reports Magazine Warns of Arsenic Levels in Juice
POSTED: Wednesday, November 30, 2011 - 11:28am
UPDATED: Sunday, December 4, 2011 - 10:49pm
There are alarming new questions over the safety of some fruit juices. Consumer Reports Magazine reveals it's latest research into arsenic levels in apple juice and grape juice that may cause some parents to think twice before pouring a glass.
The latest study from consumer reports may scare some parents about the safety of apple juice. The magazine is raising concern about arsenic in both apple and grape juice. Of the 88 samples tested by consumer reports, 10 percent had total arsenic levels that exceeded federal drinking water standards.
An independent lab, hired by "The Doctor Oz Show", found one third of the tested samples to have arsenic levels higher than what the EPA allows in drinking water.
The FDA took issue with Dr. Oz's findings saying the study didn't differentiate between the two types of arsenic, organic and inorganic. In its tests now, consumer reports says it does make the distinction, adding,
In September, the FDA insisted apple juice is safe.
"Our testing found that that lot of juice has such a small amount of arsenic in it that it would be no concern what so ever," says Don Zick, FDA.
The FDA still stands by that but in a statement to NBC News it now says it is conducting more tests. Meanwhile, the juice products association, says it's committed to following federal guidelines as it has for decades adding, comparing arsenic in apple juice to water is "not appropriate"
The FDA has said that the level of concern for arsenic in apple juice is 23 parts per billion. Only one of the grape juices tested by consumer reports exceeded that level, none of the apple juices reached that level. By comparison, the FDA's limit for water is 10 parts per billion.
Meanwhile, Consumer Reports does not suggest erasing juice from your child's diet. The American Academy of Pediatrics suggests diluting juice with water and limiting consumption to 4 to 6 ounces per day for children under six and no more than eight to twelve ounces for older children.