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Is There Arsenic In Your Kids Juice?

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A new study from Consumer Reports finds the level of arsenic found in apple and grape juices exceeds federal standards set for drinking water.  The concern of course, is for our children, who often are the main consumers of these juices.

Yes this news worries me.  My daughter loves grape juice and both of my kids are huge apple juice drinkers.

The Consumer Reports study  included tests of apple and grape juice, a scientific analysis of federal health data, a consumer poll, and interviews with doctors and other experts. 

The study found: 

“Roughly 10 percent of the  juice samples tested by Consumer Reports had total arsenic levels that exceeded federal drinking-water standards. Most of that arsenic was inorganic arsenic, a known carcinogen.”

“One in four samples had lead levels higher than the FDA’s bottled-water limit of 5 ppb. As with arsenic, no federal limit exists for lead in juice.”

The study has lead the advocacy group associated with Consumer Reports  to urge the Food and Drug Administration to set arsenic levels for grape and apple juice. 

For more info on the study click here.

 

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