No More Bad Apples! FDA Finally Sets New Guidelines for Arsenic Levels in Apple Juice

The FDA finally set new restrictions for arsenic levels in apple juice

If you’re a mom who agrees an apple a day keeps the doctor away -- but is pretty sure chugging apple juice will just cause a case of arsenic poisoning -- this news is for you.

Ever since Consumer Reports confirmed concerns raised by Dr. Oz in late 2011, that 10 percent of tested apple juice contained levels of arsenic and lead that were higher than the Food and Drug Administration allows, many parents have been hesitant to serve their kids America’s second favorite juice (orange ranks No. 1).

But NBC News reports the FDA has announced a new arsenic level regulation on apple juice, despite long-time claims that levels of the potentially toxic compound were not dangerous to kids.

The new limits mirror those for drinking water: levels must be less than 10 parts per billion, according to the network, adding that most apple juice on shelves is already in compliance with these standards.

In fact, NBC notes, the FDA found 95 percent of apple juice samples tested by the agency in 2012 were within the new regulation level.

"Overall the supply of apple juice is very safe and does not represent a threat to public health," the FDA’s Margaret Hamburg tells the Associated Press. "We decided to put forward this proposed action level to give guidance to industry and to assure ongoing safety and quality."

We’re thankful they did. Now, juice box, anyone?

Lesley Kennedy writes for ShopAtHome.com's Online Shopping Report. Find her on Twitter @denveralamode and Google +.

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