Dr Oz: Arsenic Apple Juice Companies
Dr Oz’s show on Arsenic Apple Juice was a real shocker, but perhaps even more shocking is the fact that neither the FDA, the Juice Products Association (JPA) nor any of the Apple Juice Companies wanted to come on the Doctor Oz Show to share their point-of-view. Dr Oz’s independent investigation found that almost 1/3 of the three dozen apple juice samples that they tested has more Arsenic in them than the FDA allows in our drinking water. When Doctor Oz called and e-mailed all five Apple Juice Brands, the FDA and the Juice Products Association, all he got was answering machines or the “run-around.”
Doctor Oz asked Patty Lovera (from Food and Water Watch) why none of these companies or organizations wanted to talk to them. She said that it is pretty clear that the Apple Juice Brands would not want to be on the show because it is not great promotional material. However, for the FDA to refuse to come on the show is even more outrageous because they should be protecting the public. I think it is extremely important that we protect people before we start to have health problems and truly discover the dangers of having Arsenic in our Apple Juice – or in any other juices or foods for that matter. While it is likely true that the Arsenic in one box of Apple Juice will not cause health problems for us or for our children, there is no reason that it should be there. And furthermore, very few kids have only a single box of Apple Juice in their lives.
Dr Oz said that Gerber did send in a statement, part of which was: “All Gerber products fully comply with all US laws and regulations, and are safe to consume.” And part of Motts’ statement was “we stand by the quality and safety of mott’s products.” The other three Apple Juice brands (Minute Maid, Apple and Eve, and Juicy Juice) did not send in statements even. They said that the JPA would be talking on their behalf. Part of the JPA’s statement to Doctor Oz was “… commercial apple juice is not only safe but also a healthful beverage for consumers of all ages.”
Doctor Oz said that these Apple Juice Companies and organizations argue that the amount of arsenic in apple juice can be higher than it is in drinking water because the average person drinking four ounces of juice per day, and that people drink much more water on a daily basis. However, the little juice box that many of our kids drink contain almost twice this “four ounce” size they are mentioning. So while it may be true that adults drink four ounces of juice per day on average, many kids drink much more. Dr Oz is 100% correct when he said that the guys in Washington cannot even balance a budget, so why should we put the safety of our children in their hands? The change will really take place at the cash register when we “vote” with our pocketbooks through what we buy.
Dr Oz: Safe Apple Juice Tips
Dr Oz did offer some tips for making sure that we are providing our kids with the safest possible apple juice options. First, read the label because it has to state the country of origin somewhere on it. The tricky part is that sometimes it might say “product of Canada” for example near the nutrition label, but then have “From China” stamped on the top or bottom of the box. This often means that the juice was packaged in Canada but that the Apple Juice Concentrate came from China. Ideally, you want to find an apple juice that is made from Apple Juice Concentrate that comes from the USA. Another safer option is to buy Organic Apple Juice. Doctor Oz said that of all of the Organic Apple Juices that they tested, none of them came back with Arsenic levels that were higher than we allow in our water supply in America.
Dr Oz: Arsenic Apple Juice Contacts
If the FDA cannot get their act together to set Arsenic Levels on Apple Juice Concentrate, then Dr Oz said that we should not allow it to be imported into our country at all. In addition to making the best decisions we can at the grocery store, here are some contacts for companies that you can contact to demand change. Please leave a comment below and share the feedback and responses you get from these companies!
APPLE AND EVE APPLE JUICE
Apple & Eve LLC
2 Seaview Blvd
Port Washington, NY 11050
Nestlé Infant Nutrition
Gerber Products Company
12 Vreeland Road
Florham Park, New Jersey 07932-0697
800 N. Brand Blvd
Glendale, CA 91203
MINUTE MAID APPLE JUICE
The Coca-Cola Company
P.O. Box 1734
Atlanta, GA 30301, USA
1-800-GET COKE (1-800-438-2653)
Attn: Consumer Relations
P.O. Box 869077
Plano, TX 75086-9077