Arsenic Found in Popular Juice Brands

By: Manuel Gallegus Email
By: Manuel Gallegus Email

Millions of parents give their children fruit juices...But there are new concerns about what's in them.

We think that's especially important for children whose young small bodies are growing and who are much more vulnerable to those exposures based on the frequency of how much they drink juice

10 percent of the juice samples had arsenic levels above what's allowed in drinking water. Specifically, a type called inorganic arsenic, which raises the risk of cancer.

And 25-percent of the juice samples had more =lead= than what's allowed in bottled water. Consumers find it jarring.

Ari Brennan says, "That's crazy. I mean i would never have guessed that arsenic or anything would be in there. And definitely don't want to be drinking that obviously."

The government has rules about arsenic and lead in drinking water - but for now, those limits don't apply to fruit juices.

The food and drug administration says it's confident in the overall safety of apple juice. But since some samples do contain higher levels of arsenic.

the FDA says it is expanding surveillance activities to help determine if a guidance level can be established.

For now, consumer reports is recommending parents avoid giving juice to babies under six months. And says children under six years old should drink no more than a few ounces per day.

Here is a list of 10 Top juice brands and their lead content:

America's Choice 100% Apple Juice: Lead content: 0.5 ppb - 5.6 ppb

Gold Emblem Apple/Grape Juice (CVS): Lead Content: 2.9 ppb - 5.6 ppb

Gerber 100% Apple Juice: Lead Content: 3.4 ppb - 13.6 ppb

Great Value 100% Apple Juice: Arsenic content: 10.1 ppb - 13.9 ppb, Lead content: 3.7 ppb - 5.1 ppb

Minute Maid 100% Apple Juice: Lead content: 4.2 ppb - 6.5 ppb

Mott's Original 100% Apple Juice: Arsenic content: 4.0 ppb - 10.2 ppb

Seneca (Apple & Eve) 100% Apple Juice: Arsenic content: 5.0 ppb - 10.5 ppb

Seneca 100% Apple Juice Frozen Concentrate: Lead content: 0.9 ppb - 5.5 ppb

Walgreens 100% Apple/Grape Juice: Lead content (apple): 2.3 ppb - 6.9 ppb, Lead content (grape): 10.1 ppb - 15.1 ppb, Arsenic content (grape): 9.7 ppb - 24.7 ppb

Welch's 100% Grape Juice, Arsenic content: 7.1 ppb - 12.4 ppb, Lead content: 3.5 ppb - 9.2 ppb

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