Transcript for Arsenic Found in Apple Juice
Today another wake up call about the apple juice. So many of us drink and give our children you'll remember the fiery debate. When doctor Mehmet Oz first raised questions about the level of arsenic in the juice it was joined by our own doctor Richard -- Well today we learned doctor -- suspicions were right. Consumer reports found troubling levels of arsenic and lead in some samples. And in a moment doctor Oz and our doctor investor will -- in together around what this means and what to do but first ABC's -- Davis breaks down the new findings. Doctor Oz was first to raise the alarm some of that best known brands in America. Have arsenic. In their app which he was quickly shot down by her own doctor -- -- -- backed by the FDA which sent arsenic levels were low. And -- would -- it was a mostly harmless -- -- about getting those those results confirmed by other -- no good scientist would ever do that kind of work. But today new tests and fresh alarms consumer reports tested 88 samples of Jews and found 10% had arsenic levels higher than the government allows for drinking water. Not to harmless form but mostly -- dangerous form. And it's not just found an apple juice they also tested grape -- actually a large number of fruit juices list apple juice as their primary ingredient. Because of the sugar in Jews pediatricians already recommend that infants under six months don't drink any. And children under seven drink no more than 46 ounces per day. But many children drink much more than. I would say that the typical kid definitely takes -- his father the FDA says it's confident in the overall safety of Jews but admits they found some samples with higher arsenic levels and they first revealed. Right now the government has no standards for arsenic in juices so we asked the industry today why they don't act on their own. Just to help parents breathe easier in rest assured that it's safe why not just limit yourself. Arsenic is a naturally occurring elements that occurs in Trace levels. In our food our water. Our air Trace levels of arsenic are not. A problem Trace levels of arsenic are safe. They juice makers say the government needs to set the standards and the FDA tells us based on some of these elevated levels they're considering doing just that. Lindsey Davis ABC news New York. And now here to get other side by side -- doctor Richard Spencer and doctor men. Breath but how serious is this what does this arsenic do in the bodies of children. Well there's data on risks to cancer from long term chronic exposure. An idea I haven't -- -- -- on what is the impact of low level long term exposure and in children. I think we need more information in terms of the risk of -- we believe -- elevated chronic exposure to arsenic caused heart disease. We know that socially cancers skin disorders developmental -- you know what I'm saying that why give -- four ounces by give them six or eight ounces. Why I've had these discussions with both the FDA and with the -- proctor association -- -- that exact point. Leisure products are supposed to help before kids if wouldn't have to -- to assure them that they're -- -- you just have tap water if you get there was -- doubt will opt to come to see garbage until then injuries now. Our state is something that exists in the environment -- -- sort militant Ericsson its in water. But until you set standards until you decide okay here's the threshold you start testing you're not going to be able to -- make you mad you went into battle with insufficient. In a direct tax familiarity way it would bothers me the most is that -- -- and I spoke before the information I had from the FDA. Was incorrect. You -- right. Thank you very much appreciate.
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