How ’bout a little arsenic with that apple juice?
Of course you wouldn’t want arsenic with your apple juice, but that’s exactly what you’re getting. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is even aware. But it’s apparently okay. The following are snippets from the FDA website at http://www.fda.gov/Food/ResourcesForYou/Consumers/ucm271595.htm
Are apple and other fruit juices safe to drink?
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has been testing for arsenic in apple juice and other fruit juices for decades as part of FDA programs that look for harmful substances in food. We continue to find the vast majority of apple juice tested to contain low levels of arsenic. For this reason, FDA is confident in the overall safety of apple juice consumed in this country.
Does organic apple juice have less arsenic than non-organic apple juice?
The FDA is unaware of any data that shows that organic juice tends to have less arsenic than non-organic apple juice. Even organic apples come from trees that grow in soil that may contain arsenic. The FDA is not aware of any data on arsenic in organic juice vs. non-organic juice.
Has FDA set a standard for arsenic in fruit juice?
No. Available scientific evidence indicates that if arsenic occurs, it almost always does so at very low levels. But FDA is collecting all relevant information to evaluate and determine if setting guidance or other level for inorganic arsenic in apple juice is appropriate.
Why is there a standard for arsenic in bottled water but not in fruit juice?
As stated above, we are considering setting a standard.
What is the FDA doing to protect the public against arsenic in fruit juice?
The FDA collects and tests for arsenic, including inorganic arsenic, in fruit juices and fruit juice concentrates made in the U.S. as part of FDA programs that look for harmful substances in food. The FDA considers test results for inorganic arsenic on a case-by-case basis, and takes regulatory action as appropriate. The FDA also currently has an Import Alert for surveillance of arsenic, including inorganic arsenic, in fruit juices and fruit juice concentrates. An Import Alert is a measure used by FDA to keep potentially dangerous products out of the U.S.
Okay, so there you go. The FDA hasn’t established a standard for arsenic in fruit juice. But…….they’re thinking about it. It reminds me of the quote, “I’m from the government, and I’m here to help”. Is the government correct? Are we all okay??