Arsenic in Apple Juice
Should you be concerned?
- Duration 2:32
- Date Dec 1, 2011
Should you be concerned?
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American parents give the kids each day and now the Food and Drug Administration reports it'll be reexamining how much of the poison arsenic.
Should be legally allowed in apple juice it was the lead story on the big networks last night all be very afraid.
Of course arsenic is naturally present in the air we breathe the water we drink in the soil on which we walk.
It's also ingredient in pesticides.
And while the FDA has said for years that apple juice is indeed safe to drink and it still does.
Consumer advocacy advocacy -- groups claimed that may not be the case and that the standards should be tightened.
Trace Gallagher is live in Los Angeles what are the government standards Trace.
Right now shut the government says that apple -- -- have arsenic levels of 23 parts per billion that is a very small amount but keep in mind it is more than twice the level the government allows for drinking water you look at the numbers here for bottled water the government says they can have ten parts per billion of arsenic.
Now much of the apple juice that was tested in this study came -- at thirteen point nine.
Parts per billion and now consumer groups want that number dropped down to the bottom there which is three parts per billion.
Doctor Mehmet Oz is one of those pushing to lower the arsenic levels standards -- Lisa's get a to a reason Robert has hit a question for all the parents out there why would you buy.
Apple choose for your kids that might have more arsenic and -- your tap water the wallet to pay cash for that.
Doctor -- says at the very least get the levels below the standards for drinking water which is again ten parts per billion yet no one traces suggesting that because of this kid should not drink apple -- No not even the consumer groups they're saying look apple juice in small amounts is find the big concern here is when you have kids drinking a lot of apple juice overall long period of time.
Many experts believe that kids under the age of six should drink no more than about six ounces of apple juice today that's about the size of -- juice box.
But doctor Marc Siegel of the Fox News medical eighteen disagrees with doctor -- -- There's no risk whatsoever.
Drinking water or to have apple -- -- grape juice with this amount of arsenic it arsenic in it nothing is gonna happen to you.
You -- not going to get sick from it.
So some say it's bad some say it's not the truth is -- really have not been enough long term conclusive studies to say one way or the other -- all right just giving coffee in Red -- they'll be fine.
Trace it's nice to see well meantime.