Hold on to your sippy cups! If your kids are juice fans, you may not like what I'm about to tell you.
Just today, a story broke on NPR about a Californian eco-group, Environmental Law Foundation, and its research on the amount of lead in juice and fruit products marketed to children.
Over the last year, the Environmental Law Foundation purchased dozens of brands of juices and fruit products around California and sent them to an EPA-certified lab in Berkeley. What did they find? Many individual servings of apple juice, grape juice and packaged fruits (like single-serving containers of peaches or fruit cocktail) contained lead above the daily limit for young kids. Those limits were established by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
The environmental group says it decided to do the testing to see if the kid-friendly juice and food products were complying with a California law that requires manufacturers to post safety warnings on products if they exceed lead levels set by state scientists. A list of the products tested (and how they did on the tests) can be found here.