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Arsenic in Apple Juice Claims Debunked by FDA

Sept. 15, 2011

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On "" on Wednesday, Dr. Mehmet Oz met claims regarding arsenic in apple juice that other medical professionals are categorizing as irresponsible.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration, for one, is stating in no uncertain terms that finding elevated, unsafe levels of arsenic in apple juice is a baseless fear. The agency sent two letters to the producers of "The Dr. Oz Show," clarifying the steps that the FDA takes in monitoring the
safety of fruit juices, as well as responding to Dr. Oz's specific claims.

From the FDA's second letter, signed by Don L. Zink, Ph.D., Senior Science Advisor, U.S. FDA's Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition:

"In short, the results of the tests cited above do not indicate that apple juice contains unsafe amounts of arsenic. The FDA reaffirms its belief, as stated in our September 9, 2011 letter, that it would be irresponsible and misleading for the Dr. Oz Show to suggest that apple juice is unsafe based on tests for total arsenic."

This morning on "Good Morning America" on ABC, Dr. Oz and ABC News Health and Medical Editor Dr. Richard Besser spoke directly to each other about the

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