Dr. Oz: Apple Juice Contains "Troubling" Levels Of Arsenic
Dr. Mehmet Oz, host of the "Dr. Oz Show," aired an episode Wednesday warning against what he calls "troubling" levels of arsenic in apple juice, the Los Angeles Times reports.
In the episode, Dr. Oz teamed up with a New Jersey lab to test levels of arsenic in popular brands of apple juice, concluding that they discovered an unhealthy amount compared to organic apple juices.
The Food and Drug Administration responded with its own tests, which yielded between 1/1 to 1/18 fewer parts per billion of arsenic in the samples of juice they tested versus Dr. Oz's results, according to the Los Angeles Times.
"There is no evidence of any public health risk from drinking these juices," the FDA said in a statement reported by the Los Angeles Times. "And FDA has been testing them for years."
The FDA sent a letter to the show in advance of the airing threatening to post its findings if the show proceeded, maintaining Dr. Oz failed to do was distinguish between the organic forms of arsenic and the inorganic forms, the Los Angeles Times reports. Inorganic arsenic, found in pesticides, can be toxic, while organic arsenic is naturally found in water, food and soil and passes through the body without incident.