Back in September, daytime TV host Dr. Mehmet Oz came under fire for suggesting that some of the best known juice brands in America have arsenic in their apple juice. But a new Consumer Reports investigation found he may have been right.
The results, released Wednesday, showed 10 percent of the juices tested had total arsenic levels greater than the FDA’s standard for drinking water, and 25 percent of juices also had lead levels higher than the FDA’s bottled water limit.
Arsenic is a poisonous metal known to cause cancer and potential IQ problems, and while federal standards exist for arsenic and lead levels allowed in bottled and drinking water, there are no such limits defined for fruit juices.
Urvashi Rangan, Ph.D., director of safety and sustainability at Consumer Reports said, “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.”
In response to the new report, the FDA — which stated during the September controversy that apple juice consumption poses little or no risk — said in part, “The FDA has expanded our surveillance activities and is collecting additional data.”