August 9, 2013
FDA to Lower Acceptable Amount of Arsenic in Apple Juice-Part One
A refreshing glass of apple juice has always been one of your favorite treats. Better for you than soda, yet sweet enough to provide a sugar fix; you have always thought of it as a great way to consume nutrients and still act like a kid at the same time.
Here’s the catch, though—all of those glasses of apple juice that you have consumed, especially if you are located in the northeast, may have increased your risk of cancer. This is because apple juice contains high levels of arsenic, a known carcinogen. And now the FDA is taking appropriate measures to counter the amount of toxic material allowed in the glasses of consumers.
The organization has announced that is has reduced the amount of acceptable arsenic in apple juice to no more than 10 parts per billion. Now, any company that produces apple juice with more arsenic than the allotted amount will not only face removal from the market, but also legal action. Moving forward, therefore, organizations are strongly encouraged to implement enterprise quality management measures to ensure they provide consumers with safe products that conform to regulatory standards.
“The FDA is committed to ensuring the safety of the American food supply and to doing what is necessary to protect public health,” said FDA Commissioner Margaret A. Hamburg. “We have been studying this issue comprehensively and, based on the agency’s data and analytical work, the FDA is confident in the overall safety of apple juice for children and adults.”
While the FDA has had an eye on arsenic levels for several decades now, it has yet to take action on the matter. This is the first attempt to control arsenic levels in apple juice. However, it should be noted that there are also several other popular products on the market that also contain high levels of the chemical and have recently come under scrutiny by the federal agency—including grapes, blueberries, cheese and cigars.
Make sure to check back for part two of this series, where we will discuss the importance role that traceability plays in enterprise quality management—and how apple juice providers could use the strategy to protect their manufacturing facilities.