FDA proposes “action level” for arsenic in apple juice

| July 20, 2013

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has announced that it is proposing an “action level” of 10 parts per billion (ppb) for inorganic arsenic in apple juice to protect consumers from occasional lots of juice that might contain higher levels.

The proposed level is the same as that set for drinking water by the Environmental Protection Agency and is designed to provide guidance for the juice industry to provide equivalent protection for consumers.

The amount of arsenic found in apple juice is generally very low and the FDA says that new methods of differentiating between the organic and more carcinogenic inorganic forms of the element have shown that 100% of samples tested contained less than 10 ppb of inorganic arsenic. This is said to confirm the general safety of apple juice.

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