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Arsenic

Arsenic

Arsenic has long been recognized as a poison and a contaminant in drinking water, but now concerns are growing about arsenic in foods, especially in fruit juices that are a mainstay for children.

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  • Double win for kids’ safety in new BPA & arsenic rules

    It doesn’t take a parent to know that exposing children to toxins in their juice or infant formula is a bad idea.   But a lot of us here at Consumers Union wear the badges of concerned parents (and grandparents) alongside our consumer advocate titles – and that’s why we’re doubly glad at two recent Continue Reading

  • Fast action on arsenic in food!

    The latest issue of Consumer Reports features a powerful report on the presence of arsenic in rice and makes recommendations to both consumers and the government. Almost immediately, the FDA took steps to address the problem and lawmakers filed bills. We’re a long way from real reform, but this was a big first step. This Continue Reading

  • Tips To Limit Your Exposure To Arsenic In Rice Products

    Consumer Reports latest investigation has found troubling levels of arsenic in many of the 200 rice products we tested, everything from brown rice to infant cereal – even some popular name-brand cereals.  We’ve compiled some tips to help you cut your risk of exposure to this possibly dangerous carcinogen: Test your water. If your home is not on Continue Reading

  • How does arsenic get into rice anyway? (infographic)

    Having trouble viewing this?   Try this version. Complete Consumer Reports Arsenic In Rice Results

  • Consumer Reports investigation prompts legislation to limit arsenic & lead in juice

    New 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 Continue Reading

  • Consumer Reports finds arsenic, lead in apple and grape juice

    Apple juice, one of the mainstays of kids’ fare in the US, has come under fire lately due to testing that found high levels of arsenic. Amidst these allegations, Consumer Reports conducted our own investigation and found problematic levels of arsenic – as well as lead –  in many of the juices tested. No federal standards Continue Reading

  • FDA study: chicken tests positive for arsenic

    Lipitor, Viagra, …roxarsone?  You’re probably familiar with at least the first two of these drugs manufactured by the pharmaceutical company Pfizer. If you’ve never heard of roxarsone, also known as 3-Nitro, that’s because it’s for chickens. Roxarsone has been administered to poultry for decades.  It helps prevent intestinal parasites, but also happens to promote growth Continue Reading

  • Tales from the Crypt of Gross Food- Are you what you eat?

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