Skip to comments.Feds Allow Arsenic in Apple Juice?
Posted on 12/06/2011 5:28:07 AM PST by Kaslin
This past year, I started writing a health and fitness column through Creators.com, titled "C-Force." It is no surprise that in researching for that column, I've discovered repeat offenses of food and beverage tampering by the federal government. But arsenic in apple juice?
Dr. Oz received significant flak when he reported in September that "some of the best-known brands of apple juice contain arsenic." Since then, however, Oz has been redeemed and his claims substantiated!
After Oz's initial comments, Dr. Richard Besser, a 13-year veteran of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and ABC News' chief health and medical editor, publicly lambasted Oz and his warnings as "extremely irresponsible" and "fear-mongering" and equated them to yelling "'Fire!' in a movie theater." Amid the public debate, the Food and Drug Administration tried to steady the apple cart by saying that consumption of apple juice "poses little or no risk."
But just a few days ago, I watched a humbled Besser on "Good Morning America" recant his fury against Oz's conclusions, saying instead that new studies have just confirmed arsenic is indeed in many popular apple juices.
ABC News reported that Consumer Reports tested 88 samples of popular brands of grape and apple juice sold in the U.S., including Welch's, Minute Maid and Mott's. The results revealed that 10 percent of the juices "had total arsenic levels greater than the FDA's standard for drinking water of 10 parts per billion (ppb), while 25 percent of juices also had lead levels higher than the FDA's bottled water limit of 5 ppb."
Furthermore, data on arsenic in adult urine from the CDC demonstrated that men and women who drank apple or grape juice in a 24-hour period "had, on average, about 20 percent higher levels of total urinary arsenic than those subjects who did not."
Consumer Reports went on to report that the arsenic tested and detected is inorganic and a human carcinogen. CR further explained that there is "mounting scientific evidence suggesting that chronic exposure to arsenic and lead even at levels below federal standards for water can result in serious health problems, especially for those who are exposed in the womb or during early childhood. FDA data and other research reveal that arsenic has been detected at disturbing levels in other foods as well." So who wants organic or inorganic arsenic in his water, juice and food? (Oz further notes that though many say organic arsenic is safe, there is clear evidence that both forms are ultimately hazardous to our health.)
Tragically teetering on a huge U.S. health cover-up, the FDA posted eight "previously undisclosed test results" for apple juice samples from across the country that had arsenic levels that superseded even its own "level of concern" for inorganic arsenic. Two of those eight samples had an arsenic level of 27 ppb. One had a level of 42 ppb, and two others were at 45 ppb.
What's even worse is that the samples were discovered in 2008. And we're just finding out about them now? Such undisclosed elevated levels of arsenic give a whole new meaning to the saying, "Quit drinking the feds' Kool-Aid!"
Strangely, the FDA has limits for arsenic in water (including bottled) but no such regulations on fruit juices. At the very least, the FDA should not allow more arsenic in apple juice than it allows in Americans' drinking water. Until then, tides of arsenic will continue to flow from foreign produce fields into American bloodstreams. (If you want to weigh in on this issue, contact the FDA at http://www.fda.gov or call 888-463-6332.)
Dr. Urvashi Rangan, director of consumer safety and sustainability at Consumer Reports, rightly delivered this staunch warning: "We're concerned about the potential risks of exposure to these toxins, especially for children who are particularly vulnerable because of their small body size and the amount of juice they regularly consume."
With apple juice lacing children's cereals, snack bars and holiday party tables, we need to heed this countrywide health warning and blow the trumpet to our neighbors. The fact is that the U.S. is getting more and more of its fruits and vegetables from other countries, and many of them do not preclude or limit arsenic in their pesticides or even their water supplies as the U.S. does. Oz reported that apple concentrate comes from up to seven countries; 60 percent of it is imported from China alone.
I agree with Oz, Rangan and Consumer Reports; it's best for consumers to reduce their exposure to these juices. CR is recommending, until this juice fiasco is remedied, that you not give any type of juice to infants younger than 6 months. Also, no more than 6 ounces daily should be given to children up to 6 years old, and older children should have no more than 12 ounces daily.
This is a perfect example of why my wife, Gena, and I and other health enthusiasts encourage everyone to buy local and organic, always, and, where it's possible, to grow produce and juice it.
So let buyers beware! Poisonous apples are definitely not just being offered in fictional Snow White adventures.
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Can’t help but some of it being in the juice - it’s a natural thing, not as if they had to add it in.
There is also cyanide in Apricots. You eat the fruit and not the seed
It is a common practice in the commercial chicken industry to feed the chickens arsenic to kill parasites. The chicken litter that is then collected and sold in the big box stores as compost and manure has high levels of arsenic. This can migrate into your home grown veggies. This is one more reason to raise our own free range poultry.
Killed kids faster then right ?
It's the agenda of our Government to kill the innocent isn't it ?
Why not they put formaldehyde in Milk !
Killed kids faster then right ?
It’s the agenda of our Government to kill the innocent isn’t it ?
Sorry it posted twice
Was going to say that.
In any case, since we can detect part per billion, or even lower, you’ll find all sorts of “harmful” stuff in the innocuous places. We shouldn’t let the muckrakers and fear-mongers get us riled.
With that said, until a few years ago, the EPA drinking water standard for maximum arsenic concentration was three or four orders of magnitude higher than the current 10 parts per BILLION (it was in the hundreds of parts per million range). Then, a laboratory test was developed which was capable of detecting/measuring arsenic at the ppb level, and the EPA changed the standard.
There is no science behind this change whatsoever, and the EPA, FDA nor any other government acronym has determined what levels of arsenic (or of many other chemicals and contaminants) might be harmful to humans. They simply lower the allowable concentration every time a more accurate detection/measurement test is developed.
I am disappointed in Chuck Norris. It is out of character for him to be a henny-penny alarmist.
Should have been:
“...and NEITHER the EPA, FDA nor any other government acronym...”
If all you are getting from Chinese apple concentrate is a few parts per billion of arsenic you should consider yourself lucky.
We’re all gonna DIE.
They also need to look at Alar contamination!
Why didn't my mother care as much as "they" now do?
What we need is to coordinate these agencies. I propose a super agency to review all rules for coordination. We will call it the Department of Redundancy Department.
Don't forget PAY TAXES...
“Furthermore, data on arsenic in adult urine from the CDC demonstrated that men and women who drank apple or grape juice in a 24-hour period “had, on average, about 20 percent higher levels of total urinary arsenic than those subjects who did not.” In other words, people who did not drink either had arsenic in their urine.
If it is in the urine, some - who knows how much - is not in the human body. Where in heck do they think arsenic comes from??? It comes from the ground. Trees grow in the ground - - right actually in dirt.
The LD50 for metallic arsenic is 0.743.
That is about three ounces for a 200 lb. person.
At one part per million one would have to drink three millon ounces of juice. That is 23,437.5 gallons.
Minute' amounts can actually give you immunity to the poison, by your getting teeny amounts over a period of time...it would take a larger dose of that poison to kill someone that has been drinking their water over a period of time, than someone who has not been exposed to it..
Not saying its a good thing, but studies have been done of the amount of natural arsenic in water in rural area's...