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How can I buy apple juice with less arsenic?

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
The recent findings on high arsenic levels in apple juice are alarming. How do you know what juice is safe to drink? Follow these guidelines to make sure you’re buying the safest juice available.
  1. Be sure to check all over the package for the country the juice concentrate comes from. Look for concentrate made in the USA -- it's highly regulated, making it a safer choice.
  2. Whenever possible, buy organic apple juice. None of the organic apple juices we tested came back with arsenic levels higher than the safe limit as determined by the FDA.
  3. Look for country of origin. The way countries are listed on juice boxes can be misleading. If it says "A Product of Canada," this does not necessarily mean the juice is from Canada. It could mean that the juice was packaged there or even that the box was made in Canada. On that same package, you could find another label that says, "Conc from China," meaning that the juice concentrate comes from China.
This content originally appeared on doctoroz.com.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration recently proposed an “action level” of 10 parts per billion (ppb) for inorganic arsenic in apple juice. An action level is the level at which the FDA would consider removing a product from distribution. This is the same level set by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for arsenic in drinking water. Inorganic arsenic has been shown to be associated with cancer in humans.
  
The good news is that according to the FDA commissioner, “the agency has always found that the amount of arsenic in apple juice isgenerally low -- much lower, in fact, than the levels allowed in drinking water.”

Thus, the FDA will continue to monitor the levels of arsenic in apple juice but it appears that the current levels are not overwhelming.

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