Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Arsenic in our Juice?!

This article listed brands they tested with the least amount of arsenic-
Welch's Pourable Concentrate 100% Apple Juice, America's Choice Apple; Tropicana 100% Apple; and Red Jacket Orchards 100% Apple.
America's Choice is listed below too.  I'm not sure what that means. . . Also, if the arsenic is coming from the ground, why aren't they testing the fresh produce.  Is it safe?? What about other products that contain these fruits? 

A friend just sent me this link.  
Please read this article.  Arsenic is a known carcinogen and is also found in baby foods and rice cereal! I am emptying my juice bottles until I can find a safe alternative. 

Here is an excerpt-
Our study, including tests of apple and grape juice, a scientific analysis of federal health data, a consumer poll, and interviews with doctors and other experts, finds the following:
  • 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.
  • One in four samples had lead levels higher than the FDA’s bottled-water limit of 5 ppb. As with arsenic, no federal limit exists for lead in juice.
  • Apple and grape juice constitute a significant source of dietary exposure to arsenic, according to our analysis of federal health data from 2003 through 2008.
  • Children drink a lot of juice. Thirty-five percent of children 5 and younger drink juice in quantities exceeding pediatricians’ recommendations, our poll of parents shows.
  • Mounting scientific evidence suggests that chronic exposure to arsenic and lead even at levels below water standards can result in serious health problems.
  • Inorganic arsenic has been detected at disturbing levels in other foods, too, which suggests that more must be done to reduce overall dietary exposure.
The following brands had at least one sample of apple juice that exceeded 10 ppb:
  • Apple & Eve
  • Great Value (Walmart)
  • Mott’s
And these brands had one or more samples of apple juice that exceeded 5 ppb of lead:
  • America’s Choice (A&P)
  • Gerber
  • Gold Emblem (CVS)
  • Great Value
  • Joe’s Kids (Trader Joe’s)
  • Minute Maid
  • Seneca
  • Walgreens
Grape Juice
For grape juice, at least one sample from Walgreens and Welch’s exceeded 10 ppb. At least one sample of grape juice exceeding 5 ppb of lead came from:
  • Gold Emblem (CVS)
  • Walgreens
  • Welch’s
Our findings provide a spot check of a number of local juice aisles, but they can’t be used to draw general conclusions about arsenic or lead levels in any particular brand. Even within a single tested brand, levels of arsenic and lead sometimes varied widely.

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