Apple Juice Arsenic
November 30, 2011 by staff
Amid public concern over contaminated juice, the magazine announced Wednesday that it had tested 88 juice samples, and found roughly 10 percent of samples – mostly from five brands – had arsenic levels above the federal bottled water standard of 10 parts per billion (ppb).
Arsenic levels in apple juices ranged up to 13.9 ppb. Grape-juice levels were even higher, up to 24.7 ppb. Most of the arsenic was inorganic, a form that has been linked to cancer.
“People sometimes say, ‘If arsenic exposure is so bad, why don’t you see more people sick or dying from it?,’” Dr. Joshua Hamilton, a toxicologist and chief academic and scientific officer at the Marine Biological Laboratory in Woods Hole, Mass., told Consumer Reports. “But the many diseases likely to be increased by exposure even at relatively low levels are so common already that its effects are overlooked simply because no one has looked carefully for the connection.”
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