It's been more than a year since I posed the question, Is there arsenic in your apple juice? Since that time, it's become clear that there is, in fact, arsenic in most brands of apple juice, and lots of it. But what no one seems to agree on is just how worried we should be about it.
The story made headlines again this fall as Dr. Oz (host of the "Dr. Oz Show") commissioned an independent study and found that 10 of three dozen apple juice samples had total arsenic levels exceeding 10 parts per billion (ppb). The limit for arsenic in bottled and public water is 10 ppb. The problem is that unlike drinking water, there are no current standards or regulations on the amount of arsenic that is allowed in apple juice.
For its part, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) went to great lengths to dispute Dr. Oz's findings, claiming that the apple juice on store shelves is safe because most arsenic in juices and other foods is of the organic type that is “essentially harmless.”
But a new investigation by Consumer Reports shows otherwise. Consumer Reports tested apple and grape juice, looked at federal health data, polled consumers, and interviewed health experts. According to their report, "roughly 10 percent of our juice samples, from five brands, had total arsenic levels that exceeded federal drinking-water standards. Most of that arsenic was inorganic arsenic, a known carcinogen."
Inorganic arsenic. Known carcinogen.
"Essentially harmless"? Not by a long shot. Sounds like the FDA has some 'splaining to do.
Will this new information change the type of juice that your family drinks in the morning?