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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  • by Priscilla on Dec 6, 2011 at 07:16 AM
    I don't know why everyone is up in arms about apple juice when chicken has even more arsenic (because it's put in their feed): http://nutritionfacts.org/?p=4424 (NutritionFacts.org is an awesome site for current research findings and non-commercial too!)
  • by Leslie Location: Tally on Dec 1, 2011 at 10:14 AM
    Dr Oz tested different ones and Juicy Juice had the highest level out of about 5 different brands!
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      by Toni on Dec 1, 2011 at 03:21 PM in reply to Leslie
      Yeah and wouldn't ya know good old Nestle's (the greedy bunch of water sucking leaches) is threatening to sue Dr. Oz for opening his mouth!!! I will never buy anything even associated with Nestle's. They are at the top of my 'do not buy' list right along with China.
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        by Anonymous on Dec 2, 2011 at 12:45 PM in reply to Toni
        A sorry life you lead.
  • by Pro Business Conservative on Dec 1, 2011 at 09:57 AM
    These are such low levels of arcenics that they are harmless. Businesses and corporations always do the right thing and don't need regulations and government looking over their shoulder like a helicopter mom. The big fuss is triumphed by liberal, socialist, anti-business Obama supporters.
  • by Glenn Location: Tallahassee on Dec 1, 2011 at 09:51 AM
    ..and the family values right-wing Republicans are against regulation? Regulations that protect consumers and families from this kind of corporate irresponsibility? ..or even worse, intentional short-cutting.
  • by nobody in a big crooked world Location: ga on Nov 30, 2011 at 09:07 PM
    is it even juice? or sugar and water and flavoring.
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      by Anne on Dec 1, 2011 at 04:01 AM in reply to nobody in a big crooked world
      like bottled water....no safety standards. consume at your own risk.
  • by J Location: Georgia on Nov 30, 2011 at 08:06 PM
    I'm not shocked. That is not the only poison in our drinks, and the government and FDA have known for a long time about them.
  • by Anonymous on Nov 30, 2011 at 08:03 PM
    Would you idiots please investigate a story before just putting it in? There are huge differences between the natural arsenic and the man made kind. More scare tactics to allow the monopoly of Big Agriculture and the food industry.
    • reply
      by woah on Dec 1, 2011 at 04:49 AM in reply to
      Can you show us proof of Big Agi?
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        by Anonymous on Dec 1, 2011 at 08:49 PM in reply to woah
        Sure, check out,, in the vanity fair article for starters....Monsanto’s Harvest of Fear Monsanto already dominates America’s food chain with its genetically modified seeds. Now it has targeted milk production. Just as frightening as the corporation’s tactics–ruthless legal battles against small farmers–is its decades-long history of toxic contamination. Then while your at it check out the severe damages you can get from Aspartame. Then do a little research on the nasty long term affects the adjuvants in the immunity shots we are forcing on the population. Soft kill, if the radiation level gets to high they just raise the acceptable levels. Scare tactics for you sheeple works like a charm. You have the world at your fingertips and you insist on being fed the scraps off the floor instead of sitting at the table. They scream "it's for the good of the Kids" and you zombies fall right in, "it's for the environment" and you buy what they are pushing, not once to fend for yourself and feed your mind from the vast tree of knowledge in front of you. If just one person follows up and does their own research and learns something I could care less if you dont care enough about yourself to find out the truth.
    • reply
      by Anonymous on Dec 1, 2011 at 08:05 AM in reply to
      what a dorkmiester!
    • reply
      by They are out there on Dec 1, 2011 at 10:50 AM in reply to
      Someone's tin foil hat is a little too tight today.
  • by Joann Location: Tallahassee on Nov 30, 2011 at 07:58 PM
    It would be good to know what brands this story is referring to???
  • by Nurse Mommy of 3 Location: The Parkway on Nov 30, 2011 at 06:29 PM
    They've actually been kicking this information around for awhile, so I'm not surprised. I am surprised it's taken this long to find mainstream media coverage, though. And as for the recommendation that kids under 6 years should only have a few ounces of juice per day. Um, duh. Water should be the primary source of hydration for ALL children, and milk given at least once a day for nutrition. But juice? It's the "sometimes" treat for our kids. Not that I'm unrealistic; I do know that my kids will get older, leave the house, and drink juices and sodas in the "real world"...but in my house, they can drink water until they're old enough to make an informed choice. I see friends and relatives giving their kids sippy cup after sippy cup of juice and I cringe; while fruit may be good for you, concentrated sugar with fruit flavoring is not.
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      by Anonymous on Dec 1, 2011 at 03:31 PM in reply to Nurse Mommy of 3
      You are an excellent Mommy. I would also add if you want them to have fruit give them an apple or a pear not that processed juice garbage.
  • by Eddie Location: Wacissa on Nov 30, 2011 at 06:16 PM
    Ok they mention apple juice specifically . I'm ok with that . My ex drinks apple juice all the time while I drink orange juice . On the serious side . Our FDA need to get thier stuff togather . Levels of arsenic and lead higher in juice than what is allowed in water ? Why is arsenic in our food supply ?
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      by RK on Dec 1, 2011 at 06:16 AM in reply to Eddie
      Why do you think arsenic is in our food supply?
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      by Anonymous on Dec 1, 2011 at 10:18 AM in reply to Eddie
      The fruit contains arsenic because the trees pull arsenic from groundwater.
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      by Anonymous on Dec 1, 2011 at 03:29 PM in reply to Eddie
      a lot of it comes from the pesticides in the soil in the orchards.
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