FDA Proposes Limit on Arsenic in Apple Juice

Posted on July 12, 2013

The Food and Drug Administration today proposed a limit on the amount of inorganic arsenic in apple juice. Under the new rules apple juice cannot have more than 10 parts per billion (ppb) of inorganic arsenic. Inorganic arsenic is a potent carcinogen. The new limits are the same level set by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for arsenic in drinking water.

FDA Commissioner Margaret A. Hamburg, M.D. said in a statement, "The FDA is committed to ensuring the safety of the American food supply and to doing what is necessary to protect public health. We have been studying this issue comprehensively, and based on the agency's data and analytical work, the FDA is confident in the overall safety of apple juice for children and adults."

Michael R. Taylor, the FDA's deputy commissioner for foods and veterinary medicine, tried to reassure consumers saying, "While the levels of arsenic in apple juice are very low, the FDA is proposing an action level to help prevent public exposure to the occasional lots of apple juice with arsenic levels above those permitted in drinking water." Take a look: