Arsenic in Apple Juice: Is It Safe to Drink?

Dr. Richard Besser discusses study by Consumers Union finding toxin in juice.
2:15 | 11/30/11

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Transcript for Arsenic in Apple Juice: Is It Safe to Drink?
To bring -- doctor -- -- now are ABC news chief health and medical editor. This is a big deal to a lot of people rich I think I think it should be you know their consumer reports found that 10% of the samples. Had levels of arsenic higher than what's allowed in in drinking water. However none of the samples -- levels higher than what FDA uses as an internal. Level for checking apple juice the big question is. Is the FDA level that they use. Did the right level -- should be lower should be closer what's in drinking water. -- -- -- -- FDA about the sorry I'm not you know I'm I'm I'm really really upset with them -- back in September when this issue came up. The FDA -- made a number of statements that reassured me and I'm much less reassured right now. They said they they said that there wasn't industries -- industry standard turns out there's not. He said that the type of arsenic in apple juice was the safe kind turns out it is not. And to reassure the public they publish the results of their testing on line so we can all look at it. The problem is they withheld the results that were very high he reassured me when I saw that but when I saw the new results not reassure that's why doctor -- This is what he was trying to to alert everybody to -- and his concern. To for this very thing that we're seeing. Right now and -- explained people again. The different that this is the harmful type of -- is the harmful side view we are exposed to arsenic throughout our days throughout our food supply it's -- it's it's in the earth. Low levels of arsenic are not harmful -- higher levels and long term exposure is what is linked to increased risk of of of cancer. And that's what we get concerned that your parent even -- your child. Apple juice grape juice all sorts of this is what well you know as a pediatrician as a parent I think it's important to limit your juice consumption anyway -- -- to obesity. But in terms of limiting consumption. Children when you say eleven -- children under seven should have no more than 46 ounces of Jews in a day if you're older than that eight to twelve ounces and five he is fine. Babies younger than six months -- -- whatsoever and no child should ever have juice and a bottle you see these Jews to Holland babies -- drinking and drinking the juice. That should be if you limit your consumption to that I think you're gonna be fine but FDA needs to set standards and hold industry accountable and do more testing are right rich thank you very much.

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