Schumer: Juice Needs National Standard For Arsenic

ALBANY, N.Y. (1010 WINS/AP) –After TV’s Dr. Mehmet Oz drew attention to arsenic levels in apple juice last week, U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer of New York is calling for the Food and Drug Administration to adopt standards of arsenic in juice.

Schumer says the rising amount of foreign juice prompts the need, especially since 60 to 70 percent of pear and apple juice concentrates come from China.

“The FDA has protected Americans from harmful chemicals in our food supply,” Schumer said. “Unfortunately, other countries, like china, don’t take food safety as seriously as we do.”

Oz said lab testing found what he suggested were troubling levels of arsenic. While the FDA found no raised levels in the batch Oz used and Oz himself said the juice was safe, Schumer is taking every precaution.

“Also, we’re asking that the FDA provided greater inspection of imported juice concentrates from China, which uses toxic inorganic arsenic in their pesticides and has high level of contaminates.”

The FDA has monitored arsenic in juice for years and has issued an “import alert” that requires foreign sellers to prove their juice is safe.

LISTEN: 1010 WINS’ Terry Sheridan reports on Schumer’s call for arsenic standards

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  • Mike

    Why not help to rebuild our economy and at the same time set up some healthy boundries like banning China from countries that we accept juice concentrate from. If China does not meet our standards, just eliminate them. Period.

  • 2gruesome2b

    so long as the fatuous senior senator from new york is on a poison in our foods kick, why doesn’t he rail against the evils of using poison ivy to garnish our salads? might give him something to pontificate about next weekend, when the news is slow, and he can’t overwhelm the compulsion to have himself in an eternal spotlight.
    zeus forbid he should discuss something like the economy, or the shoddy treatment of israel at the hands of our enlightened striped pants set at foggy bottom.

  • Nick

    Arsenic is a naturally occurring substance in food like apples, almonds, et al. You morons are effectively seeking a law to ban food. Which would do us a world of good if you do stop eating. Particular this science challenged schumer.

  • Darius

    Why does it have to take some consumer advocates, Like Dr. Oz for authorities to take action to protect consumers?
    Look at what’s happened lately with the birth control pills! Now lots of women are in danger of having unwanted pregnancy. Maybe there should be “unwanted sex” in the first place.

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