Watch what your kids are drinking! A study indicates that as much as 10 percent of bottled juices tested had trace amounts of arsenic!
Federal standards exist for arsenic and lead levels in bottled and drinking water, but there’s no limits to fruit juices. Your kids could have been drinking arsenic!
According to a new report on Good Morning America, Consumer Reports tested 88 samples of juice — including brands like Mott’s, Minute Maid and Welch’s — and found inorganic arsenic, which is a human carcinogen.
The study showed that 10 percent of juices tested had total arsenic levels greater than the FDA’s standard for drinking water, and 25 percent of juices had lead levels higher than the FDA standard.
Advocacy group Consumers Union is now urging the Food and Drug Administration to lower standards. “We’re concerned about the potential risks of exposure to these toxins, especially for children who are particularly vulnerable because of their small body size and the amount of juice they regularly consume,” said Urvashi Rangan, Ph.D., director of safety & sustainability at Consumer Reports.
“A small percentage of samples contain elevated levels of arsenic. In response, the FDA has expanded our surveillance activities and is collecting additional data,” the agency said.
After this study, Consumer Reports has recommended consumers drink less juice to reduce exposure. It says parents should avoid giving infants under six months any type of juice, and kids up to the age of six should consume no more than four to six ounces a day!
In light of this study, will YOU still give your kids juice?
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