The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has proposed “an ‘action level’ of
10 parts per billion (ppb) for inorganic arsenic in apple juice,” the same level
established by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for drinking water.
According to a July 12, 2013, press release, FDA set this threshold based on
its latest analysis of organic and inorganic arsenic in apple juice as part of its
draft guidance to industry.

“The FDA is committed to ensuring the safety of the American food supply and
to doing what is necessary to protect public health,” said FDA Commissioner
Margaret Hamburg. “We have been studying this issue comprehensively, and
based on the agency’s data and analytical work, the FDA is confident in the
overall safety of apple juice for children and adults.” The agency will accept
comments on the proposed action level and draft guidance for 60 days after
publication in the Federal Register.


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