Arsenic in apple juiceNew legislation introduced in the House this week would require limits to be set on arsenic and lead levels in juice for the first time.

The “Arsenic Prevention and Protection from Lead Exposure in Juice Act of 2012″ (or APPLE Juice Act), introduced by Representatives Frank Pallone (D-NJ) and Rosa DeLauro (D-CT),  would require the FDA to set limits on arsenic and lead in juice within two years.

Although safety standards are in place to limit these chemicals in tap and bottled water, no current thresholds exist for fruit juices which are often consumed by children.

As reported by Food Safety News, the bill was introduced “in response to a Consumer Reports investigation that found levels of arsenic and lead that exceeded the federal standards for drinking water in 10 percent of apple and grape juice samples tested.”

Chronic exposure at even very low levels to these chemicals can impact brain development in children and lead to other serious health conditions.

“This bill will go a long way toward protecting the public, especially children, from exposure to these toxins,” said Ami Gadhia, Senior Policy Counsel for Consumers Union.

 

The Consumer Reports investigative piece on arsenic and lead in juice was published in January 2012.   Read the full article here.