Toxic Levels of Arsenic Found in Popular Juice Brands

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In the articles entitled Dumbing Down Society Part I: Foods, Beverages and Meds and Irrational Consumerism (or The Few Companies Who Feed the World), we looked at the many reasons why processed foods should be avoided. Not only does consuming fresh, local foods a strong political move (more productive than occupying anything in my opinion), it is more importantly the best thing you can do for your body and your brain.

Consumer Reports published this week a study revealing that toxic levels of arsenic are found in popular brand fruit juices. An old saying says “for each rat you see, there are 50 you missed” (or something of the sorts). This also probably applies to processed foods. Each time a poisonous substance is found in a food product, there are probably 50 that are not even known or mentioned. So, why not avoiding that crap? Fresh pressed juice is so much better anyway.

Arsenic in your juice. How much is too much? Federal limits don’t exist.

Arsenic has long been recognized as a poison and a contaminant in drinking water, but now concerns are growing about arsenic in foods, especially in fruit juices that are a mainstay for children.

Controversy over arsenic in apple juice made headlines as the school year began when Mehmet Oz, M.D., host of “The Dr. Oz Show,” told viewers that tests he’d commissioned found 10 of three dozen apple-juice samples with total arsenic levels exceeding 10 parts per billion (ppb). There’s no federal arsenic threshold for juice or most foods, though the limit for bottled and public water is 10 ppb. The Food and Drug Administration, trying to reassure consumers about the safety of apple juice, claimed that most arsenic in juices and other foods is of the organic type that is “essentially harmless.”

But an investigation by Consumer Reports shows otherwise. Our study, including tests of apple and grape juice (download a PDF of our complete test results), a scientific analysis of federal health data, a consumer poll, and interviews with doctors and other experts, finds the following:

  • Roughly 10 percent of our juice samples, from five brands, had total arsenic levels that exceeded federal drinking-water standards. Most of that arsenic was inorganic arsenic, a known carcinogen.
  • One in four samples had lead levels higher than the FDA’s bottled-water limit of 5 ppb. As with arsenic, no federal limit exists for lead in juice.
  • Apple and grape juice constitute a significant source of dietary exposure to arsenic, according to our analysis of federal health data from 2003 through 2008.
  • Children drink a lot of juice. Thirty-five percent of children 5 and younger drink juice in quantities exceeding pediatricians’ recommendations, our poll of parents shows.
  • Mounting scientific evidence suggests that chronic exposure to arsenic and lead even at levels below water standards can result in serious health problems.
  • Inorganic arsenic has been detected at disturbing levels in other foods, too, which suggests that more must be done to reduce overall dietary exposure.

Our findings have prompted Consumers Union, the advocacy arm of Consumer Reports, to urge the FDA to set arsenic and lead standards for apple and grape juice. Our scientists believe that juice should at least meet the 5 ppb lead limit for bottled water. They recommend an even lower arsenic limit for juice: 3 ppb.

“People sometimes say, ‘If arsenic exposure is so bad, why don’t you see more people sick or dying from it?’ But the many diseases likely to be increased by exposure even at relatively low levels are so common already that its effects are overlooked simply because no one has looked carefully for the connection,” says Joshua Hamilton, Ph.D., a toxicologist specializing in arsenic research and the chief academic and scientific officer at the Marine Biological Laboratory in Woods Hole, Mass.

As our investigation found, when scientists and doctors do look, the connections they’ve found underscore the need to protect public health by reducing Americans’ exposure to this potent toxin.

Many sources of exposure

Arsenic is a naturally occurring element that can contaminate groundwater used for drinking and irrigation in areas where it’s abundant, such as parts of New England, the Midwest, and the Southwest. See the map from the United States Geological Survey (USGS) showing test results of arsenic levels in groundwater throughout the United States.

But the public’s exposure to arsenic extends beyond those areas because since 1910, the United States has used roughly 1.6 million tons of it for agricultural and other industrial uses. About half of that cumulative total has been used since only the mid-1960s. Lead-arsenate insecticides were widely used in cotton fields, orchards, and vineyards until their use was banned in the 1980s. But residues in the soil can still contaminate crops.

For decades, arsenic was also used in a preservative for pressure-treated lumber commonly used for decks and playground equipment. In 2003 that use was banned, (as was most residential use) but the wood can contribute to arsenic in groundwater when it’s recycled as mulch.

Other sources of exposure include coal-fired power plants and smelters that heat arsenic-containing ores to process copper or lead. Today the quantity of arsenic released into the environment in the United States by human activities is three times more than that released from natural sources, says the federal Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry.

The form of arsenic in the examples above is inorganic arsenic. It’s a carcinogen known to cause bladder, lung, and skin cancer in people and to increase risks of cardiovascular disease, immunodeficiencies, and type 2 diabetes.

The other form that arsenic takes is organic arsenic, created when arsenic binds to molecules containing carbon. Fish can contain an organic form of arsenic called arsenobetaine, generally considered nontoxic to humans. But questions have been raised about the human health effects of other types of organic arsenic in foods, including juice.

Use of organic arsenic in agricultural products has also caused concern. For instance, the EPA in 2006 took steps to stop the use of herbicides containing organic arsenic because of their potential to turn into inorganic arsenic in soil and contaminate drinking water. And in 2011, working with the FDA, drug company Alpharma agreed to suspend the sale of Roxarsone, a poultry-feed additive, because it contained an organic form of arsenic that could convert into inorganic arsenic inside the bird, potentially contaminating the meat. Or it could contaminate soil when chicken droppings are used as fertilizer. Other arsenic feed additives are still being used.

What our tests found

We went shopping in Connecticut, New Jersey, and New York in August and September, buying 28 apple juices and three grape juices. Our samples came from ready-to-drink bottles, juice boxes, and cans of concentrate. For most juices, we bought three different lot numbers to assess variability. (For some juices, we couldn’t find three lots, so we tested one or two.) In all, we tested 88 samples.

Five samples of apple juice and four of grape juice had total arsenic levels exceeding the 10 ppb federal limit for bottled and drinking water. Levels in the apple juices ranged from 1.1 to 13.9 ppb, and grape-juice levels were even higher, 5.9 to 24.7 ppb. Most of the total arsenic in our samples was inorganic, our tests showed.

As for lead, about one fourth of all juice samples had levels at or above the 5-ppb limit for bottled water. The top lead level for apple juice was 13.6 ppb; for grape juice, 15.9 ppb.

The following brands had at least one sample of apple juice that exceeded 10 ppb: Apple & Eve, Great Value (Walmart), and Mott’s. For grape juice, at least one sample from Walgreens and Welch’s exceeded that threshold. And these brands had one or more samples of apple juice that exceeded 5 ppb of lead: America’s Choice (A&P), Gerber, Gold Emblem (CVS), Great Value, Joe’s Kids (Trader Joe’s), Minute Maid, Seneca, and Walgreens. At least one sample of grape juice exceeding 5 ppb of lead came from Gold Emblem, Walgreens, and Welch’s. Our findings provide a spot check of a number of local juice aisles, but they can’t be used to draw general conclusions about arsenic or lead levels in any particular brand. Even within a single tested brand, levels of arsenic and lead sometimes varied widely. To see our complete test results for all 88 samples, download this PDF.

Arsenic-tainted soil in U.S. orchards is a likely source of contamination for apples, and finding lead with arsenic in juices that we tested is not surprising. Even with a ban on lead-arsenate insecticides, “we are finding problems with some Washington state apples, not because of irresponsible farming practices now but because lead-arsenate pesticides that were used here decades ago remain in the soil,” says Denise Wilson, Ph.D., an associate professor at the University of Washington who has tested apple juices and discovered elevated arsenic levels even in brands labeled organic.

Over the years, a shift has occurred in how juice sold in America is produced. To make apple juice, manufacturers often blend water with apple-juice concentrate from multiple sources. For the past decade, most concentrate has come from China (PDF). Concerns have been raised about the possible continuing use of arsenical pesticides there, and several Chinese provinces that are primary apple-growing regions are known to have high arsenic concentrations in groundwater.

A much bigger test than ours would be needed to establish any correlation between elevated arsenic or lead levels and the juice concentrate’s country of origin. Samples we tested included some made from concentrate from multiple countries including Argentina, China, New Zealand, South Africa, and Turkey; others came from a single country. A few samples solely from the United States had elevated levels of lead or arsenic, and others did not. The same was true for samples containing only Chinese concentrate.

The FDA has been collecting its own data to see whether it should set guidelines to continue to ensure the safety of apple juice, a spokeswoman told us.

The Juice Products Association said, “We are committed to providing nutritious and safe fruit juices to consumers and will comply with limits established by the agency.”

Answering a crucial question

We also wanted to know whether people who drink juice end up being exposed to more arsenic than those who don’t.

So we commissioned an analysis of data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES), conducted annually by the National Center for Health Statistics. Information is collected on the health and nutrition of a nationally representative sample of the U.S. population, based on interviews and physical exams that may include a blood or urine test. Officials and researchers often use the data to determine risk factors for major diseases and develop public health policy. In fact, data on lead in the blood of NHANES participants were instrumental in developing policies that have successfully resulted in lead being removed from gasoline.

Our analysis was led by Richard Stahlhut, M.D., M.P.H., an environmental health researcher at the University of Rochester with expertise in NHANES data, working with Consumer Reports statisticians. Ana Navas-Acien, M.D., Ph.D., a physician—epidemiologist at Johns Hopkins University’s Bloomberg School of Public Health, also provided guidance. She was the lead author of a 2008 study in the Journal of the American Medical Association (PDF) that first linked low-level arsenic exposure with the prevalence of type 2 diabetes in the United States.

Stahlhut reviewed NHANES data from 2003 through 2008 from participants tested for total urinary arsenic who reported their food and drink consumption for 24 hours the day before their NHANES visit. Because most ingested arsenic is excreted in urine, the best measure of recent exposure is a urine test.

Following Navas-Acien’s advice, we excluded from our NHANES analysis anyone with results showing detectable levels of arsenobetaine, the organic arsenic in seafood. That made the results we analyzed more likely to represent inorganic arsenic, of greatest concern in terms of potential health risks.

The resulting analysis of almost 3,000 study participants found that those reporting apple-juice consumption had on average 19 percent greater levels of total urinary arsenic than those subjects who did not, and those who reported drinking grape juice had 20 percent higher levels. The results might understate the correlation between juice consumption and urinary arsenic levels because NHANES urinary data exclude children younger than 6, who tend to be big juice drinkers.

“The current analysis suggests that these juices may be an important contributor to dietary arsenic exposure,” says Keeve Nachman, Ph.D., a risk scientist at the Center for a Livable Future and the Bloomberg School of Public Health, both at Johns Hopkins University. “It would be prudent to pursue measures to understand and limit young children’s exposures to arsenic in juice.”

Robert Wright, M.D., M.P.H., associate professor of pediatrics and environmental health at Harvard University who specializes in research on the effect of heavy-metals exposure in children, says that findings from our juice tests and database analysis concern him: “Because of their small size, a child drinking a box of juice would consume a larger per-body-weight dose of arsenic than an adult drinking the exact same box of juice. Those brands with elevated arsenic should investigate the source and eliminate it.”

A chronic problem

Arsenic has been notoriously used as a poison since ancient times. A fatal poisoning would require a single dose of inorganic arsenic about the weight of a postage stamp. But chronic toxicity can result from long-term exposure to much lower levels in food, and even to water that meets the 10-ppb drinking-water limit.

A 2004 study of children in Bangladesh (PDF) suggested diminished intelligence based on test scores in children exposed to arsenic in drinking water at levels above 5 ppb, says study author Joseph Graziano, Ph.D., a professor of environmental health sciences and pharmacology at Columbia University. He’s now conducting similar research with children living in New Hampshire and Maine, where arsenic levels of 10 to 100 ppb are commonly found in well water, to determine whether better nutrition in the United States affects the results.

People with private wells may face greater risks than those on public systems because they’re responsible for testing and treating their own water. In Maine, where almost half the population relies on private wells, the USGS found arsenic levels in well water as high as 3,100 ppb.

And a study published in 2011 (PDF) in the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health examined the long-term effects of low-level exposure on more than 300 rural Texans whose groundwater was estimated to have arsenic at median levels below the federal drinking-water standard. It found that exposure was related to poor scores in language, memory, and other brain functions.

Symptoms of chronic exposure

Chronic arsenic exposure can initially cause gastrointestinal problems and skin discoloration or lesions. Exposure over time, which the World Health Organization says could be five to 20 years, could increase the risk of various cancers and high blood pressure, diabetes, and reproductive problems.

Signs of chronic low-level arsenic exposure can be mistaken for other ailments such as chronic fatigue syndrome. Usually the connection to arsenic exposure is not made immediately, as Sharyn Duffy of Geneseo, N.Y., discovered. She visited a doctor in 2007 about pain and skin changes on the sole of her left foot. She was referred to a podiatrist and eventually received a diagnosis of hyperkeratosis, in which lesions develop or thick skin forms on the palms or soles of the feet. It can be among the earliest symptoms of chronic arsenic poisoning. But she says it was roughly two years before she was finally referred to a neurologist, who suggested testing for arsenic. She had double the typical levels.

“Testing for arsenic isn’t part of a routine checkup,” says Duffy, a retiree. “When you come in with symptoms like I had, ordering that kind of test probably wouldn’t even occur to most doctors.”

Michael Harbut, M.D., chief of the environmental cancer program at Karmanos Institute in Detroit, says, “Given what we know about the wide range of arsenic exposure sources we have in this country, I suspect there is an awful lot of chronic, low-level arsenic poisoning going on that’s never properly diagnosed.”

Emerging research suggests that when arsenic exposure occurs in the womb or in early childhood, it not only increases cancer risks later in life but also can cause lasting harm to children’s developing brains and endocrine and immune systems, leading to other diseases, too.

Case in point: From 1958 through 1970, residents of Antofagasta, Chile, were exposed to naturally occurring arsenic in drinking water (PDF) that peaked at almost 1,000 ppb before an arsenic removal plant was installed. Studies led by researchers at the University of California at Berkeley found that people born during that period who had probable exposure in the womb and during early childhood had a lung-cancer death rate six times higher than those in their age group elsewhere in Chile. Their rate of death in their 30s and 40s from another form of lung disease was almost 50 times higher than for people without that arsenic exposure.

“Recent studies have shown that early-childhood exposure to arsenic carries the most serious long-term risk,” says Joshua Hamilton of the Marine Biological Laboratory. “So even though reducing arsenic exposure is important for everyone, we need to pay special attention to protecting pregnant moms, babies, and young kids.”

Other dietary exposures

In addition to juice, foods including chicken, rice, and even baby food have been found to contain arsenic—sometimes at higher levels than the amounts found in juice. Brian Jackson, Ph.D., an analytical chemist and research associate professor at Dartmouth College, presented his findings at a June 2011 scientific conference in Aberdeen, Scotland. He reported finding up to 23 ppb of arsenic in lab tests of name-brand jars of baby food, with inorganic arsenic representing 70 to 90 percent of those total amounts.

Similar results turned up in a 2004 study conducted by FDA scientists in Cincinnati, who found arsenic levels of up to 24 ppb in baby food, with sweet potatoes, carrots, green beans, and peaches containing only the inorganic form. A United Kingdom study published in 2008 (PDF) found that the levels of inorganic arsenic in 20-ounce packets of dried infant rice cereals ranged from 60 to 160 ppb. Rice-based infant cereals are often the first solid food that babies eat.

Rice frequently contains high levels of inorganic arsenic because it is among plants that are unusually efficient at taking up arsenic from the soil and incorporating it in the grains people eat. Moreover, much of the rice produced in the U.S. is grown in Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, and Texas, on land formerly used to grow cotton, where arsenical pesticides were used for decades.

“Initially, in some regions rice planted there produced little grain due to these arsenical pesticides, but farmers then bred a type of rice specifically designed to produce high yields on the contaminated soil,” says Andrew Meharg, professor of biogeochemistry at the University of Aberdeen, in Scotland. Meharg studies human exposures to arsenic in the environment. His research over the past six years has shown that U.S. rice has among the highest average inorganic arsenic levels in the world—almost three times higher than levels in Basmati rice imported from low-arsenic areas of Nepal, India, and Pakistan. Rice from Egypt has the lowest levels of all.

Infant rice cereal for the U.S. market is generally made from U.S. rice, Meharg says, but labeling usually doesn’t specify country of origin. He says exposure to arsenic through infant rice cereals could be reduced greatly if cereal makers used techniques that don’t require growing rice in water-flooded paddies or if they obtained rice from low-arsenic areas. His 2007 study (PDF) found that median arsenic levels in California rice were 41 percent lower than levels in rice from the south-central U.S.

Setting federal standards

Evidence of arsenic’s ability to cause cancer and other life-threatening illnesses has surged because some of the diseases linked to it have latency periods of several decades. Only recently have scientists been able to more fully measure the effects in populations that were exposed to elevated levels of arsenic in drinking water many years ago.

The Environmental Protection Agency periodically revises its assessment of the toxicity of various chemicals to offer guidance on drinking-water standards. Based on such a review, the agency changed the water standard for arsenic to 10 ppb, effective in 2006, from the 50-ppb limit it set in 1975. The EPA had proposed a 5-ppb limit in 2000, so the current limit is a compromise that came only after years of haggling over the costs of removing arsenic. Since 2006, New Jersey has had a 5-ppb threshold, advising residents that water with arsenic levels above that shouldn’t be used for drinking or cooking.

For known human carcinogens such as inorganic arsenic, the EPA assumes there’s actually no “safe” level of exposure, so it normally sets exposure limits that include a margin of safety to ideally allow for only one additional case of cancer in a million people, or at worst, no more than one in 10,000. For water with 10 ppb of arsenic, the excess cancer risk is one in 500.

Debate over that standard is likely to begin anew. The agency’s latest draft report, from February 2010, proposes that the number used to calculate the cancer risk posed by ingesting inorganic arsenic be increased 17-fold to reflect arsenic’s role in causing bladder and lung cancer. The proposal “suggests that arsenic’s carcinogenic properties have been underestimated for a long time and that the federal drinking-water standard is underprotective based on current science,” says Keeve Nachman, the Johns Hopkins scientist.

Each year the FDA tests a variety of foods and beverages for arsenic and other contaminants. It also started a program in 2005 to test for specific toxins such as arsenic and lead in domestic and imported products. As of late November, that program had published results for 160 samples of apple juice and concentrate. And the agency can alert inspectors at U.S. ports to conduct increased surveillance for products suspected to pose risks. Currently there’s an alert for increased surveillance of apple concentrate from China and six other countries “where we have a suspicion there may be high levels of arsenic in their products,” says FDA spokeswoman Stephanie Yao. But in fiscal 2010, the agency conducted physical inspections of only 2 percent of imported food shipments. For more about the FDA’s tests, read our update and download a PDF of our complete test results.

Consumers Union urges federal officials to set a standard for total arsenic in apple and grape juice. Our research suggests that the standard should be 3 ppb. Concerning lead, juice should at least meet the bottled-water standard of 5 ppb. Such standards would better protect children, who are most vulnerable to the effects of arsenic and lead. And they’re achievable levels: 41 percent of the samples we tested met both thresholds.

Moreover, the EPA should impose stricter drinking-water standards for arsenic, Consumers Union believes. (The drinking-water threshold for lead is 15 ppb, which acknowledges that many older homes have water pipes or solder with lead.) Officials should also ban arsenic in pesticides, animal-feed additives, and fertilizers.

As our tests show, sources of lead haven’t been eliminated, but dramatic progress has been made: Since the 1970s, average blood lead levels in children younger than 6 have dropped by about 90 percent, thanks to a federal ban on lead in house paint and gas. The U.S. should be equally aggressive with arsenic, suggests Joseph Graziano at Columbia University. “We tackled every source, from gasoline to paint to solder in food cans,” he says, “and we should be just as vigilant in preventing arsenic from entering our food and water because the consequences of exposure are enormous for adults as well as children.”

How much juice do children drink?

Too many children drink too much juice, according to our poll of parents. One in four toddlers 2 and younger and 45 percent of children ages 3 to 5 drink 7 or more ounces of juice a day. The American Academy of Pediatrics cautions that to help prevent obesity and tooth decay, children younger than 6 should drink no more than 6 ounces a day, about the size of a juice box. (Infants younger than 6 months shouldn’t drink any.) The possible presence of arsenic or lead in juices is all the more reason to stick with those nutrition-based limits.

Our findings are from 555 telephone interviews in October with parents, who were asked about children’s juice consumption the previous day. Totals don’t equal 100 percent because some said they didn’t know how much juice their kids drank.

Arsenic can contaminate groundwater used for drinking and irrigation in areas where it is geologically abundant and in other areas where chemical conditions are likely to cause it to dissolve into water. Levels can vary widely throughout the United States, as illustrated in the map at right showing arsenic measurements for groundwater samples from about 31,000 wells and springs in 49 states compiled by the USGS. Click on the word “Interactive” on the map to learn about arsenic levels where you live. (To view the map, your computer or other device requires Flash.)

Orange or red symbols on the map indicate areas where samples contained arsenic at levels exceeding the federal limit of 10 micrograms per liter, or 10 parts per billion (ppb) for public drinking water.

Public-water-supply systems are required to treat water that tests high in arsenic so that it meets federal limits before delivering it to consumers. And in New Jersey, public water systems must meet an even stricter limit of 5 ppb. But if you have a private well rather than a public system, you are responsible for testing and treating it.

To learn more about why it’s so important to reduce your exposure to even relatively low levels of arsenic in your drinking water, check out this helpful video produced by the Dartmouth Toxic Metals Superfund Research Program. And for tips on how to get your water tested and how to select a home treatment system, read “Ways to Reduce Your Family’s Risk.”

The 31,000 groundwater samples represented in this map were collected for studies on potable groundwater resources by the USGS, the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, the Texas Water Development Commission, the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, and the six New England states. Estimation of the arsenic concentration in groundwater in any specific area must consider the following limitations and sources of variability:

• The data include a variety of well types, including private wells, public-supply wells, and monitoring wells not used for water supply.

• These groundwater samples do not represent drinking water served by public-water-supply systems because these utilities may treat or mix groundwater with high arsenic concentrations from individual wells with water containing lower arsenic levels in order to meet drinking water standards before delivering it to consumers.

• The appearance of the arsenic distribution is influenced by the order in which wells are plotted. In this map, wells with higher concentrations are drawn on top of those with more moderate concentrations. This overplotting may exaggerate the frequency of high values in areas where wells are close together. But given the risks posed by arsenic exposure, we opted in favor of making areas with elevated arsenic visible whenever possible to encourage private well owners in those areas to test and treat their water to reduce exposure risks.

• Arsenic concentration may vary with depth within the same aquifer, or between aquifers that are stacked vertically—for example, a shallow sand and gravel aquifer can overlie a deeper bedrock aquifer. The map does not show the vertical distribution of arsenic.

• Many of the wells were sampled more than once, but evaluation of the data indicates that there is no relation between arsenic concentration and time tested for most of the wells.

With these qualifications in mind, the data above provides an estimate of arsenic occurrence in the groundwater resource in general. Visit the USGS for additional information on the studies behind the map, along with more detailed maps for various portions of the country.

– Source: Consumer Reports

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one guy
11 months 9 days ago
Wow, really good article. Funny how the worst poisons (fluoride) seem to make it to baby food; oh wait, that's not even remotely funny. Excellent tip on the US rice. I don't get upset or bothered about what I eat, but when there is a choice, a little info goes a long way. Nate, I can totally understand the mindset where you say screw it, we're all gonna die (this is a temporary existence or whatever) but come on. Eventually your gonna wake up and you'll be pushing 60 (God willing). Even if it doesn't matter, do you want to… Read more »
FreeThinker
1 year 8 months ago

In the documentary "Food, Inc.," I was so grateful that it was noted how a few companies run the food industry. I learned that the farmers in Mexico were purposely bankrupted, and then some companies went to Mexico and offered jobs to the unemployed that were willing to immigrate to the U.S. It is all planned. We are all wage slaves, regardless of our race or heritage. Until the 99% stand together, the 1% will continue to get away with all of their crimes.

Wallace-Brasil
2 years 21 days ago

It's weird that crucial and very informative posts like that, warning about the poisons contained in many beverages and processed junk-food, receive less attention than these reporting pop stars and that Illuminati symbolism thing.

LALA
4 years 9 months ago

so umm.. i dont get it. everyones just gonne die and theyr will be no one left? wheres the fun in that?

TRE
4 years 9 months ago

Actually, naturally occurring arsenic (like when you chew 1-2 apple seeds) is supposed to help prevent cancer. So, trace amounts of arsenic are actually healthy. The type of arsenic (original source) and quantity then become the questions by which to evaluate it. Both of these factors should be itemized on the juice label so that consumers can choose what works best for their regimen.

Vigilant american
4 years 9 months ago

I seen that episode of Dr Oz when it aired, i couldnt seem to believe it at first figuring that Tv is controlled by the higher ups; why would they allow this to be aired? Now that i see it on Vigilant i have more respect for the Doc. Thanks Vigilant!

Ecclesiast
4 years 9 months ago
Even after two years of browsing and on occasion contributing I am still amazed how the readers of VC comment so little on things regarding what is the frontline of the control movement. The things consumed in your body! The first post says it all. What doesn't have poison in it? We know they tap our phones. We know a large majority if entertainers big and small have a price to pay. Especially if they fail to follow the rules. We know government is surpressive and slowly but surely encouraging a police state. We see the symbols. So why are… Read more »
adk
4 years 9 months ago

Can someone explain me how "real" juice is made? I mean can someone explain WHOLE process of production?

TRE
4 years 9 months ago

The only way to get "real" juice anymore is in your juicer and/or blender. 😀

Even then, you have to know which fruit to buy because so many of them have been GMO'd or saturated with both pesticides and hormones (all carcinogenic).

Sadtimes
4 years 9 months ago

funny thing is even pure and natural liquids like WATER or HERBAL/GREEN TEAS are poison and contaminated. Nothing is safe no more.

Anonymous
4 years 9 months ago
I read an article earlier in USA Today that rice absorbs more arsenic than any other crop. The article also says currently there is no FDA regulation or guidelines on how much arsenic is allowable and goes into some metric details of how much a cup of rice per day would equal in arsenic by comparing it with arsenic with water. Makes you think about the 1980's when countries were dumping rice on famine struck Africans. (remember those old feed the children campaigns) O and someone told me also in the 80's poor hispanics were targeted with free/discounted white bread… Read more »
Michelle
4 years 9 months ago

haha articles like these remind me why i almost never grocery shop at stores like walmart. they only sell foods from those mega corporations that have all sorts of weird additives to all their food. just because it's cheap doesn't mean it's good. it does suck tho how you have to pay significantly more to eat well 🙁 oh well, as the classic children's meal blessing goes "God kiss it, devil miss it"

shehaam
4 years 9 months ago

Solution? Grow and make your own!

uughgghgh
4 years 9 months ago

this country stinks

githe
4 years 9 months ago

Ooooh, I sent this in!

Did I? Yes, I think I did! Ooh, I feel good!

.

….maybe VC found it all by himself….hmmm…pooh

4 years 9 months ago

north america, GOOD OL' north america is so corrupt like honestly

food is something we need to survive second water

even that theyre putting s*** in

no wonder theres so many diseases and s***

FIGHT JUICE, FIGHT ARSENA :@

TO VC
4 years 9 months ago
Hey VC! been contacting you about Carrier IQ, please REPORT it! That application logs user's activities on their smartphones, computers / tablets including keystrokes and finger gestures — everything that you do + your location. It's been a hot topic b/c it sends those information to your carrier and Carrier IQ's system…and possibly the government. I don't know where else to post this because you keep ignoring me on my Contact VC messages. PLEASE! I just need to let people know about this HORRIBLE software. 🙁 If the government/carrier/company doesn't have anything to do with it, IT SHOULDN'T BE ON… Read more »
Anonymous
4 years 9 months ago

I'm not sure if it is the same thing but a couple of days ago I saw a news blurb in which Brian Williams stated there is software built in our cell phones that cannot be removed and they were going to say what it was–It may have been a segment on the evening news–CBS or ABC?

TO VC
4 years 9 months ago
I sure haven't seen that news, but if Carrier IQ is mentioned and it involves the four major telephone companies in the country, then that's it. It cannot be removed, although Apple and most of the media including Engadget and Mashable claims that it can be disable by setting "Diagnostics and Usage" to "Don't Send." I don't believe it. Apple said that the application is there, but it doesn't do anything but improve the network's service. It's suspicious, given the nature of the application: (1) It cannot be removed, (2) It logs every keystroke, gesture, location and everything that you… Read more »
Rufus
4 years 9 months ago

I look at so many of my peers! They are experiencing all sorts of strange anomalies. It is because of the poisons that are being placed in our foods, air & water. This stuff is not normally happening! It is not our genetics as 'they" would have you believe it is systematically being done to us!

Nic
4 years 9 months ago

That's why cancer spreads like there's no tomorrow. But it makes me wonder why so many ancient politicians and royals are free of cancer. I wonder what their secret is.

Alexandra
4 years 9 months ago

Because they know how to follow a healthy diet…while their cronies prescribe the opposite for the masses. At least that's my take.

rom69
4 years 9 months ago

Sick sadistic creatures these elites, trying to poison us gradually like this. Thanks VC for the info. Will stay away from juices from now on and stick to the real apples, oranges & grapes or did they poison those too?

4 years 9 months ago

And considering that much of the Arsenic and Lead came from lands where Arsenic had been long used as the pesticide of choice, it looks like we're getting punished for people's best intentions as much as evil intent by Monsanto and its underlings.

(Note that I'm not ignoring Monsanto's stuff, either. I'm just pointing out that the Arsenic in our Apples and Grapes (and the juices and wines that come from them) is of an older vintage than the Monsanto stuff.)

N
4 years 9 months ago

Their currently working on making fruits and vegetables that dose us with vaccines… against our wills and we all know how vaccines contain mercury and other nasty chemicals. Chicken nuggets that kid love have arsenic in it also. The elite does not eat this poison… no they have their own organic farms to feed themselves.

N
4 years 9 months ago
Well there is genetically modified (GM) foods. The majority of processed food in America is made form genetically modified corn, wheat and soybeans. An example of GM food is tomato; tomato plants prefer warm climates but we all want tomato year round. For tomato to survive in colder climates scientists have spliced cold water fish DNA into the genome of the tomato seed to produce a tomato that can survive colder climates. There is also transgenic animals like goats whose products are used for medical needs. Lets not even get into how factory farmed animals are treated. It is currently… Read more »
Amir
4 years 9 months ago

I'm not suprised by this at all.

What else is poisoned hm?

JaceMooncat
4 years 9 months ago

what brands?

4 years 9 months ago

Don't think brands matter in this case. One thing I've noticed is that many brands of juice – from supposedly different brands and companies – have pretty much the exact same packaging. Same shape, same indentations, same cap; the only thing different is the label.

And as for squeezing it yourself, you'd probably have to grow your own trees and vines. I wouldn't be surprised to find out that even the most ecologically sensitive apple growers (and grape growers/wineries) probably had arsenic use in their past. Best Practices, before the age of DDT and other pesticides.

GoodByeWelchs
4 years 9 months ago

In the 2nd & 5th & many other paragraphs, there are links to click to see the brands! Just click the links.

diana
4 years 9 months ago

i was wondering the same thing they talk about the juices being poisoned but dont say what brands. are we like suppose to avoid juice all together?

Safetodrink
4 years 9 months ago

We only drink this stuff because it's not bottled in plastic and is really pure http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B005FW98GK/?ie

do your own research; all waters are not equal or safe!

J
4 years 9 months ago

The big problem is that natural food & drinks have become ever more expensive than processed food & drinks. 🙁

chris85
4 years 9 months ago

So what the hell are we supposed to drink if everything is poisonous? This really bums me out.

MmmMmmArsenic
4 years 9 months ago

I think spring water is pure….or water cleaned through 'reverse osmosis'

Dominic McCraney
4 years 9 months ago

Three letters … … W.T.F.

This just pissed me off..

Great article VC. Stay informed guys!

Jas
4 years 9 months ago

I saw this on the Dr. Oz show. These companies threatned to sue him. I wonder why when all he said was that the FDA and othet labs don't agree on what they consider high levels. None denied the fact that amounts of arsenic are present. SMH

MissLambert
4 years 9 months ago

I saw it on Dr Oz as well. But it was my underdstanding, from the show, that he said it was because the apples grown in China did not have to pass the same regulations as those from USA. So here I go looking at labels, making sure the juice came from somewhere in the USA and now this. I should've known better.

Anonymous
4 years 9 months ago

Dr. Oz exposed it, then some other doctor tried to refute it. The latter was embarrassed because his flawed argument was based on FDA reports/guidelines that he said was false and/or misleading. So basically he tried to dispute Dr. Oz's valid claim (who knows whether it was to get famous) with false information–so he lost his credibility by going after the legitimate doctor-Dr. Oz!

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