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Total Arsenic in Mott’s and Nestle/Gerber Apple Juice

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November 21, 2011; Updated December 16, 2011

In July 2011, two samples of apple juice concentrate from China were collected by FDA at the Dr. Pepper Snapple Group dba Mott’s LLP in Williamson, NY, and analyzed for total arsenic by FDA’s Northeast Regional Laboratory. FDA conducted collection and analyses of these samples as a follow up to Food and Water Watch report of finding arsenic level of 55 parts per billion (ppb) in a sample of Mott’s apple juice.

In September 2011, seven reconstituted apple juice samples were collected by FDA at Nestle Nutrition Gerber Products in Fremont, MI, and analyzed for total arsenic by FDA’s Kansas City Distrct Laboratory. FDA conducted collection and analyses of these samples as a follow up to Dr. Oz show report of finding arsenic level of 36 ppb in a sample of Nestle/Gerber apple juice.

The following table presents analytical results for total arsenic in these nine samples.

Sample
Number
Manufacturer
Sample Description
Total Arsenic Concentration
LOD
(ppb)2
LOQ
(ppb)3

Original
Concentration
μg/kg (ppb)1

Single
Strength
Concentration
μg/kg (ppb)1

657537
Mott’s
apple juice concentrate
47
8

 - 4

 - 4

657538
Mott’s
apple juice concentrate
23
 
4

 - 4

 - 4

659595
Nestle/Gerber
apple juice
NA*
2
0.100
1.00
659596
Nestle/Gerber
apple juice
NA
4
0.100
1.00
659597
Nestle/Gerber
apple juice
NA
6
0.100
1.00
710623
Nestle/Gerber
apple juice
NA
5
0.100
1.00
710624
Nestle/Gerber
apple juice
NA
5
0.100
1.00
710625
Nestle/Gerber
apple juice
NA
2
0.100
1.00
710626
Nestle/Gerber
apple juice
NA
3
0.100
1.00

1Updated to reflect μg/kg.
2Limit of Detection, in parts per billion (ppb)
3Limit of Quantitation, in parts per billion (ppb)
4These data points do not include the Limit of Detection (LOD) or Limit of Quantitation (LOQ) for the test method. This information is being collected and will be added at a later date.
 
*Not Applicable