Arsenic in Juice: New Study Prompts Action


What Consumers Can Do

Following their study, Consumer Reports says that since the harmful, inorganic type of arsenic has been detected in juice at high levels, it's best for consumers to reduce their exposure.

As Consumer Reports is particularly concerned about the amount of arsenic consumed by infants via apple juice, it has set guidelines for juice consumption for children. The group is now recommending avoiding giving infants under 6 months any type of juice, and that children up to age 6 should consume no more than four to six ounces per day.

A Consumer Reports' poll also found that 26 percent of toddlers 2 and younger and 45 percent of children ages 3 to 5 drink seven or more ounces of juice a day; children up to six years old should consume no more than four to six ounces per day, according to the magazine, while older children should drink no more than eight to 12 ounces per day.

Similarly, Besser says that parents should limit their children's juice consumption to no more than four to six ounces per day for children under age 7, and no more than 8 to 12 ounces for children older than age 7. Children younger than 6 months should not drink juice, Besser said.

Besser also recommended that the FDA do additional testing of juices.

ABC News' Linsey Davis and Lara Salahi contributed to this report.

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