According to the FDA's Q&A post back in September, "The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has been testing for arsenic in apple juice and other fruit juices for decades as part of FDA programs that look for harmful substances in food. We continue to find the vast majority of apple juice tested to contain low levels of arsenic. For this reason, FDA is confident in the overall safety of apple juice consumed in this country."
Consumer Reports followed with a test for arsenic and lead in fruit juices and found that 10 percent of samples tested had total arsenic levels exceeding federal drinking-water standards.
“What we’re talking about here is not acute affects,” Urvashi Rangan, director of safety and sustainability at Consumer Reports, told TODAY. “We’re talking about chronic effects. We’re talking about cancer risk. And so, the fact that 10 percent of our samples exceeded the drinking water standard underscores the need for a standard to be set in juices.”
Watch TODAY show's interview with Urvashi Rangan, director of safety and sustainability at Consumer Reports.
Read the full report here: http://news.consumerreports.org/safety/2011/11/consumer-reports-tests-juices-for-arsenic-and-lead.html