Received an interesting email alert last week:
FDA Sets Limit on Arsenic in Apple Juice
Apparently the FDA has proposed a limit of 10 parts per billion for inorganic arsenic in apple juice.
Just FYI, inorganic arsenic is a known carcinogen (cancer-causing agent), and is also associated with skin lesions, developmental effects, cardiovascular disease, neurotoxicity, and diabetes.
This new “action level” for apple juice is the same limit set by the EPA for arsenic in drinking water. An agency official said in a press release: “While the levels of arsenic in apple juice are very low, the FDA is proposing an action level to help prevent public exposure to the occasional lots of apple juice with arsenic levels above those permitted in drinking water.”
It does beg the question as to what kind of world are we living in when we have to put limits on cancer-causing agents in our fruit juice.
Source: US Food & Drug Administration