Editor's Note: In September 2013, the FDA released results of its investigation of arsenic levels in over 1,300 samples of rice and rice products. Click here for more information.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on July 12 released final results from its study of arsenic in apple juice. The findings are that overall, arsenic levels in apple juice are low. Because a small proportion of samples had higher levels of arsenic, the FDA is now proposing that arsenic levels in apple juice should be no higher than those allowed in drinking water.
Based on its investigation, the FDA is confident in the overall safety of apple juice for children and adults. The American Academy of Pediatrics reminds parents that it is not necessary to offer children any juice to have a well-balanced, healthy diet. For years, the AAP has recommended limited intake of all sweet beverages, including juice, because of the risk for poor nutrition, obesity, and childhood cavities.
In 2012, similar questions were raised about arsenic in rice and rice products. The FDA’s investigation of these products is ongoing.
The AAP will work with the FDA and other federal agencies to limit the level of arsenic in foods and beverages and will participate in discussions about decreasing arsenic exposure. Parents who have questions about their child’s nutrition are encouraged to speak with their pediatrician.