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Sen. Charles Schumer joins debate over arsenic in juice

Sen. Charles Schumer called on the FDA to set a maximum standard for inorganic arsenic in imported juice concentrates.

September 19, 2011 12:00:00 AM PDT
New York Sen. Charles Schumer is joining the debate about arsenic in fruit juice.

Schumer is calling on the Food and Drug Administration to set the first maximum standard for inorganic arsenic in imported juice concentrates.

The issue of high arsenic levels in juices was brought to the public's attention by Dr. Mehmet Oz.

Schumer said juices are safe, but added that we can never be too careful.

"The juice we drink is safe. There's no reason to stop drinking it. I drink it. My family drinks it. We're going to continue to drink it. The last thing the parents should do is stop giving their kids fruit juices," said Schumer.

Toxic inorganic arsenic is used in pesticides in China, but not in the U.S.

The FDA currently monitors apple juice for arsenic and requires foreign sellers to prove their juice is safe.


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