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...”
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.
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.
So true. I work with FDA on Agriculture products - and their limits on many basic things such as heavy metals, pesticides, etc... is simply based on whatever the latest Testing Ability is - not any scientific proof that things that even occur in nature are actually bad.
Basically, if they can detect it, they ban it. There are no announcements or published standards either, only "guidances" which can change at a bureaucrats whim.
In their efforts to produce "safe food" - the EPA and FDA are going to drive most farmers out of business, leave a few large corporations running it all.
I know someone whose naturapath prescribed ARSENIC to cure her carpal tunnel syndrome....and, yes, it did. They said, taking it totally out of the water creates a situation where you do not get ENOUGH.