Yesterday Reps Frank Pallone Jr. (NJ-06) and Rosa DeLauro (CT-03) presented the Arsenic Prevention and Protection from Lead Exposure in Juice Act of 2012 or the “Apple Juice Act of 2012”.
Recent testing of samples of apple juice in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut from multiple brands found alarmingly high levels of arsenic and lead that exceeded federal bottled and public-water standards. The primary consumers of juice are children, presenting a health hazard for the nation’s youth. The APPLE Juice Act of 2012 will require the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to establish standards for arsenic and lead in fruit juices to better protect children and public health.
“Some scientific studies have shown that two forms of organic arsenic found in apple juice could also be harmful, and because of this, the FDA counts these two forms of organic arsenic in with the overall content for inorganic arsenic.”
If enacted this would require the FDA to set standards on arsenic and lead levels in our juices (especially our childrens) within 2 years; saving them from unnecessary health problems caused by arsenic and lead poisoning, including cancer.
What are you thoughts? Have you reduced your child’s fruit juice? Changed to different types and/or different drinks? Or cut out Apple and Grape juice all together?
I was not given anything for this post. The quotes were taken from an email media update from Congressman Frank Pallone and Consumer Reports. The opinions are strictly my own.