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My kids drink lots of apple juice
« on: September 29 2011, 00:37:00 »
If you have seen or heard the recent reports about tests that located arsenic in apple juice, you're probably wondering whether it might be threatening to juice revellers. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued a statement attempting to assure consumers that most of the arsenic in juices and other foods was of the so-called "organic" form, that the agency recounted was "essentially harmless." But latest scientific proof and public information issued by another federal agency puts doubt on that conclusion.

 Fears about arsenic in drinks increased after Mehmet Oz, M.D, a heart operator and host of The Dr. Oz Show aired a piece saying results of lab tests he commissioned that found 10 of 3 dozen apple juice samples tested contained total arsenic levels exceeding the 10 parts per bn. ( ppb ) federal limit for total arsenic levels in public drinking water.

 The Oz test findings are just the newest of one or two tests for arsenic in juice conducted over the last three years. As we reported previously, tests by university researchers and other laboratories say they have detected levels of total arsenic in apple juices that were up to 3 to 5 times higher than the Ten ppb public drinking water limit set by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency ( EPA ), which is a limit that the FDA imposes for bottled water. The FDA does not set such limits for arsenic in other drinks, though  in a Sept. 18 letter to FDA Commissioner Margaret Hamburg, U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer has called on the agency to do so.

 As an element of our continuing series of stories about contamination of food and consumer products with lead, cadmium and other heavy metals, we are currently digging into the hazards posed by diet exposures to arsenic and will most likely be bringing you additional info soon on this issue and what can be done to cut back your hazards of exposure. In the meantime, here are some facts to help cut thru confusion about the kinds of arsenic you may be exposed to in what you eat and drink :

 What exactly is arsenic?
 Arsenic is a metalloid, meaning it shares properties of metals and non-metals. It can be discovered in rock and soil, with trace amounts in some areas and heavy concentrations in others. Keep in mind that "naturally occurring" arsenic does not translate into "harmless." On the list of 275 dangerous substances at dangerous waste sites, the Fed Agency for Poisonous Substances and Illness Registry ranks arsenic as number one, primarily based on hazards to folk living around those sites.

 When arsenic leaches from such rock formations into groundwater, it can contaminate water utilized for drinking and irrigating crops. But arsenic has additionally been used for many business purposes. For decades arsenic-containing insecticides were commonly used in orchards, vineyards and cotton fields. Although the utilising of lead arsenate insecticides was banned in the U.S. In the late 1980s, arsenic remains in the soil, so past use of those insecticides can lead to contamination of fruit now grown in those orchards. Concerns also have been raised about the likely continuing use of arsenical pesticides in other nations, including China, which now supplies the majority of apple concentrate employed in the U.S.

 Arsenic also has been an ingredient in a wood preservative, chromated copper arsenate ( CCA ), utilized in pressure-treated lumber ordinarily found in out of doors decks or children's playground equipment. Though  CCA was banned for virtually all U.S. Home use in 2003, it is still used industrially and can even contribute to arsenic in groundwater when recycled as mulch. Through all of these routes and more, arsenic can enter the food chain.

 What's the greatest difference between organic and inorganic arsenic?
 Arsenic can mix with other elements to form compounds that are separated into 2 forms : inorganic arsenic compounds and organic arsenic compounds. When used to describe arsenic, the word "organic" has nothing do with the term that appears on labeling for foods that meet USDA licensed organic standards.

 When arsenic ties to elements like sulfur, oxygen and chlorine, it forms inorganic arsenic compounds. Inorganic arsenic is a known human carcinogen and is the form found in drinking water, lead-arsenate pesticides and CCA.

 Organic arsenic compounds are made when arsenic binds to molecules containing carbon. Marine animal can contain an organic form of arsenic called arsenobetaine, which is often believed non-toxic to humans. But far less is understood about the health effects in humans of other sorts of organic arsenic, and products containing them have raised enough concerns that they are no longer being sold. EPA in 2006 took steps to stop the use of herbicides containing organic arsenic because of concern about their potential to transform into more noxious inorganic arsenic in the ground and then contaminate drinking reseviors.


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