According to news sources, the Food and Drug Administration is taking a closer look at the arsenic levels found in juices and juice concentrates to ensure compliance with existing safety standards.
The FDA has been monitoring the levels of arsenic found in juices sold nationwide for more than 20 years and is currently taking additional steps to ensure the safety of the public’s health.
These steps include enhancing the existing surveillance of apple juices and concentrates to identify high levels of arsenic wherever they may be found. Results for about 90 samples of juices should be expected shortly. Testing samples of imported juice products from China is also currently underway. Lastly the FDA will work with the Environmental Protection Agency to ensure collaborative efforts geared towards reducing the overall levels of arsenic in juices and concentrates.
Arsenic exists in the environment as a naturally occurring substance. However, an intake of increased amounts of the substance can be highly toxic.
As a Los Angeles personal injury lawyer, I hope the conclusions of this research will lead to more effective safety measures to protect consumers. If you’ve consumed a contaminated product and are experiencing symptoms, I encourage you to seek medical attention. If you’ve been seriously injured by eating food product, I urge you to contact a Los Angeles product liability attorney to learn about your legal options.