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FDA sets new limits on arsenic in apple juice

4:43 AM, Jul 12, 2013   |    comments
LONDON - JANUARY 14: In this photo illustration glasses of clear and cloudy apple juice are displayed on January 14, 2007 in London. A Society of Chemical Industry report reveals that cloudy juice contains four times the concentration of polyphenols, also found in dark chocolate and red wine, widely reported to have anti-cancer properties. (Photo by Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)
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WASHINGTON (AP) - The Food and Drug Administration is setting a new limit on the level of arsenic allowed in apple juice, in response to concerns from parents and consumer groups about the contaminant's effects on children. 

The FDA says most apple juice has always been safe, but the new limit will help reduce exposure to the chemical.

The proposed regulation makes the acceptable level of arsenic in apple juice the same as what's currently allowed in drinking water.

An FDA analysis last year found that 95 percent of apple juice brands sampled were already below the new standard.

Companies that continue to market juices over the limit could have their product seized and face legal action.

The FDA will take public comments on the regulation for 60 days before making it final.

Associated Press

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