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Continued: The FDA will limit arsenic in apple juice to same levels allowed in drinking water

  • Article by: MATTHEW PERRONE , AP Health Writer
  • Last update: July 12, 2013 - 5:25 PM

Environmental groups like Food and Water Watch have also lobbied the FDA on the issue. And television's Dr. Mehmet Oz made arsenic a national issue in 2011 when he raised an alarm — some say a false alarm — over apple juice, based on tests his show commissioned by a private lab.

All of the experts — including the government and the consumer advocates — agree that drinking small amounts of apple juice isn't harmful. The concern involves the effects of drinking large amounts of juice over long periods of time.

Another point of agreement is that children under 6 shouldn't be drinking much juice anyway, because it's high in calories. Health experts say children under 6 shouldn't drink any more than 6 ounces of juice a day — about the size of a juice box. Infants under 6 months shouldn't drink any juice at all.

The American Academy of Pediatrics said Friday children should be encouraged to eat whole fruit adding, "it is not necessary to offer children any juice to have a well-balanced, healthy diet."

The Juice Products Association, which represents juice producers, said it is reviewing the FDA's proposal and risk assessment.

"Apple juice producers, as well as the FDA, want people to know they can be confident that apple juice is safe," said Rick Cristol, the group's president, in a statement.

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AP Writer Mary Clare Jalonick contributed to this story.

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