Report Finds Dangerously High Levels Of Arsenic In Fruit Juices

February 1, 2019

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A disturbing report says that many fruit juices have dangerously high levels of arsenic, lead, mercury and cadmium! Consumer Reports found dangerous levels in 21 of the 45 juices they tested. Just half a cup of juice a day could drive up kids' arsenic blood levels to dangerous heights, they warned. The report found that seven of the juices tested could cause harm to children who drink more than four ounces a day which are Trader Joe’s Fresh Pressed Apple Juice, 365 Everyday Value (Whole Foods) Organic 100% Concord Grape Juice, R.W. Knudsen Organic Just Concord Grape Juice, Welch’s 100% Grape Juice Concord Grape and Grape versions, Great Value (Walmart) 100% Cranberry Grape and Welch’s 100% Juice with Antioxidant Superberry. This new report follows a similar report released in 2013 which prompted the FDA to officially explore new limits on lead and arsenic in fruit juice. However there is still no policy on limiting arsenic or cadmium in fruit juices like there is with tap water. Long-term exposure to high levels of arsenic is associated with higher rates of skin cancer, bladder cancer and lung cancer, as well as heart disease. The problem is that arsenic can enter into our food and drink in many ways that are hard to control. It can be present in air, soil, water, and pesticides used for fruit and vegetables. However it is possible to remove arsenic from products but it's often complicated, involving intervention at every point in the supply chain. Consumer Reports is now calling on the FDA to take stronger action on curbing metals in products particularly those marketed to children.

SOURCE: Daily Mail

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