Who would have thought there’s a lot of apple juice out there with levels of arsenic exceeding the FDA’s level of concern, and that most of our apple juice concentrate comes from China?

As reported at Tampabay.com,

More than 60 percent of the apple juice from concentrate sold in U.S. stores comes from Chinese orchards, and much of the remainder comes from countries such as Chile, Argentina and Turkey. Even American farmers use arsenic-based pesticides, which are viewed by some experts as a possible culprit.

Should arsenic levels in juice exceed the drinking water standard? The current drinking water standard for arsenic is 10 parts per billion (ppb), while the old standard was 50 ppb. The report states that

More than a quarter of the 18 samples tested by the [St. Petersburg] Times contained between 25 and 35 parts per billion of arsenic

Some people say this level is not of concern because kids don’t drink as much juice as water, and the standard is based on a life-time of consumption. Others might say, hey, what do we really know about such imported foods, such as what else might be in there?


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