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Worrisome Levels Of Arsenic Found In Tests Of Children’s Juice Boxes

March 14, 2010: 02:59 AM EST
An independent test commissioned by a Florida newspaper has found that the amount of arsenic in a quarter of children’s juice box samples surpassed the FDA’s “level of concern” for heavy metals in juices. A naturally occurring substance, arsenic is difficult to avoid in food and water, but is a proven carcinogenic when consumed “at high levels in drinking water over a lifetime” and has been associated with other health problems. According to the paper, “More than 60 percent of the apple juice from concentrate sold in U.S. stores comes from Chinese orchards,” from other foreign orchards, and from American orchards that use arsenic-based pesticides. A top FDA chemical hazards official, however, said there was no evidence to suggest “a risk issue that you need to be mindful of.”
Tom Marshall, "Arsenic in apple juice: How much is too much?", St. Petersburg Times, March 14, 2010, © St. Petersburg Times
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