December 16, 2011
FDA welcomes the interest of the public and the media in the safety of apple juice. FDA remains confident in the overall safety of apple juice consumed in this country. We are able to make this statement on the strength of our recently expanded surveillance of arsenic in apple juice, an activity that the agency first began 20 years ago.
We are posting today the results of our latest data collection and analysis of 94 samples of arsenic in apple juice. Once again, these results show that, the tested apple juice samples contained levels of arsenic that are low, with relatively few exceptions. In fact, 95 percent of the apple juice samples tested were below 10 ppb total arsenic; and 100 percent below 10 ppb for inorganic arsenic, the carcinogenic form of arsenic.
Nevertheless, FDA is interested in minimizing public exposure to this contaminant and is continuing to evaluate all available data and information that bear on this important issue and is considering setting a guidance level for inorganic arsenic in apple juice and apple juice concentrate that will further minimize public exposure to this contaminant.