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New apple juice standards a victory for local group

Pittsford, N.Y. – The Food and Drug Administration’s decision to lower the allowable level of arsenic in apple juice is a win for Rochester-based Empire State Consumer Association.

Judy Braiman, the organization’s president, says her group was one of the first to alert the public to what she considers to be a dangerous amount of arsenic in apple juice.

She was soon joined by Consumer Reports, Food and Water Watch and Dr. Oz in the call for the FDA to change its standards.

The FDA announced this past week it will cut the acceptable level to the same level established for drinking water.

“It’s not enough, but it’s a start,” said Braiman.

Juice Products Association responded the change saying it will carefully evaluate the new standard adding juice producers consistently provided a safe product to consumers.

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Washington Times