Arsenic in Apple Juice?
In a shocking study, tests commissioned by the Empire State Consumer Project in 2011 found apple juice with arsenic levels more than five times higher than the Environmental Protection Agency allows in drinking water.
In light of this obvious health risk, we joined Empire State Consumer Project to lobby for stricter standards and pushed the results to the media. Dr. Oz even tackled the issue on his show, bringing much-needed pressure on the FDA to do something to protect our apple-juice loving consumers big and small.
Some of the problems with our food system might seem intractable, even issues as seemingly cut-and-dry as regulating arsenic levels in apple juice. It’s a testimony to the power of people that, in 2013, our hard work on this problem paid off!
Victory and Beyond
After years of pressure, the FDA agreed in 2013 to enforce stricter standards for allowable arsenic levels in our apple juice. Apple juice is now required to adhere to the same arsenic-level standards as drinking water – a huge victory!
This victory sets a precedent for stricter standards on imported food. Two-thirds of the apple juice that Americans consume – more than 400 millions annually – comes from China. This is not surprising, as a large amount of our food is imported… but it’s a problem, because less than 2 percent of this imported food actually gets inspected.
Read A Decade of Dangerous Food Imports from China to learn more about how imports and lack of standards are affecting the food you and your family eat.