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.

Tim Sullivan, a spokesman for Oz's show, tells the Associated Press Dr. Oz does not agree that organic arsenic is as safe as the FDA believes, but said the show will do further tests to distinguish organic from inorganic arsenic in juice. "We don't think the show is irresponsible," he tells the Associated Press, as reported by the Los Angeles Times. "We think the public has a right to know what's in their foods." Dr. Oz says he isn't concerned about immediate side effects of consuming apple juice, rather the long-term results, the Los Angeles Times reports. "There's no question in my mind folks can continue drinking apple juice," Dr. Oz tells the Associated Press. "There have been no cases at all of kids being harmed by elevated levels of arsenic, and the kinds of numbers we are talking about are not high enough to cause acute injury."
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