FDA Disputes Dr. Oz's Apple Juice Claims

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

The federal Food and Drug Administration and a leading doctor are disputing claims by television show host Dr. Mehmet Oz that trace amounts of arsenic in many apple juice products pose a health risk.
Oz said on his show this week that testing by a New Jersey lab has found what he implied are concerning levels of arsenic in many juices.
However, the FDA says the lab methods were not appropriate and that its own tests show much lower arsenic levels. The agency warned the show's producers in advance that their testing was misleading.
Dr. Richard Besser, former acting head of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, also scolded Oz Thursday on ABC's "Good Morning America" show for scaring consumers with what Besser called an "extremely irresponsible" report.


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  • by Valgus on Feb 8, 2012 at 04:19 PM
    Remember: "Alar" ?? How about all those Metho and Cloro and gamma benzo-organo phosphates? That perfect apple you look for in the store, according to a recent article in the news, showed the highest levels of chemicals in fresh foods. Why not include Arsenic?
  • by Valgus Location: Oxter, MI. on Feb 8, 2012 at 04:10 PM
    I thought Paris Green (Arsenic trioxide & Copper acetate) was outlawed for use in apple orchards in USA, way back in the previous century. With the mixing of product from so many countries, it is entirely possible Arsenic is being used somewhere in the world, ending up in our kitchens. If you anti-Dr. Oz folks want to "dis" him for attempting to protect the public, go ahead and drink your apple juice. IMHO, it should not be found in apple juice in concentrations that would be risky for infants or any one else, unless one could drink a 50 gallon barrel a day.
  • by Anonymous on Sep 19, 2011 at 12:10 PM
    How many of you grew up drinking apple juice? I am more worried about the fact that the concentrate is shipped in from China than the arsenic in apple juice. FDA was created to protect us, and its done a rather good job of it. You all need to go back and read the labels on some of the stuff sold before there was an FDA. Arsenic was tame in comparison to some of the stuff they sold.
  • by Anonymous on Sep 16, 2011 at 02:16 PM
    Dr Oz is suffering the Oprah syndrome. He believes anything he says, people will listen to.
  • by Diana Location: sandiego calif on Sep 16, 2011 at 07:32 AM
    Dr. oz several years ago I attended, a class about food and how it affected us, it was put on by some scientists, they said that the seeds in the apple held the Arsnick, and that when they are squeezed that it also squeeze and chop up the apple seeds this may be some help
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      by Valgus on Feb 8, 2012 at 04:27 PM in reply to Diana
      IMHO, if there are at any levels so to alarm the experts, it doesn't matter how it got there. It should not be sold as a safe product. How it got there is up to the scientists to figure out and fix the problem. I am wondering if you are thinking of the cyanide type chemicals, commonly found in fruit pits and seeds? One reason we do eat apple seeds, etc....
  • by Richard Location: Florida on Sep 16, 2011 at 06:16 AM
    Let me see...do we believe a Christian world famous heart surgeon, or the Socialist FDA report? The latter approved many foods and drugs that turned out to be toxic and even life threatening. Oh, and how about the conflicting reports of second hand smoke, ad nauseum. Keep OZ, clean out DC.
  • by Guillermo Location: Over here on Sep 16, 2011 at 06:04 AM
    Is it safe to drink apple juice? *Ahem* Is it SAFE to drink apple juice? Ask yourself do you, without any help from anyone else, have the ability to answer the question "Can I drink this apple juice?" If you think the answer might be no and you might require some guy that looks like a doctor to tell you if it is SAFE to DRINK the APPLE juice... then do everyone a favor and drink your bleach. Drink a lot of bleach: it's good for you.
  • by musthave on Sep 16, 2011 at 05:47 AM
    The same FDA has allowed hydrogenated fats for years and why? Because hydrogenated fats make processed food very, very, very cheap for the corporations that put that garbage on our grocery store shelves. I haven't used hydrogenated fats or products like them for years, I buy better quality olive oils, real butter if I'm gonna use it and use them all with moderation. People like Dr. Oz told us about the perils of Hydrogenated fats now used in over processed foods and FDA still says they are safe for consumption. Duh. * The melting point of the oil is raised, turning many previously liquid oils into solids. * Shelf-life is increased, as the resulting oil is less susceptible to degrading over time (maybe bacteria have a difficult time eating it too!). * All nutritional value in the original oil is lost. * The texture of the resultant solid can be made to resemble that of natural, animal fats. * The previously perfectly natural oil becomes a totally unnatural, dangerous, relatively undigestable "plastic". * Tissues made with the "false" fat cannot function properly, as thousands of enzymes can't bind to them, giving rise to a host of disease states.
  • by Anonymous on Sep 16, 2011 at 04:56 AM
    Why is it that you never hear all the facts? They give you the scare the hell out of you parts and never the rest of the story. Most of us grew up drinking apple juice, and we are fine. Now a nervous nelly, who also grew up drinking apple juice and is fine is not going to allow her kids anything remotely related to apples whats next peaches, cherries, oranges, bananas? This list is endless. Yet they say they gave all the facts and the FDA says NOT, think I would believe the FDA
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      by mainevent on Sep 16, 2011 at 05:42 AM in reply to
      My kids and I only give my Grandson organic fruit and fruit juices, he drinks organic apple juice every single day and several times a day. I only drink organic milk and yes, that includes half and half, but I do buy Cabot's butter not organic. My son, who is 36 does not eat processed foods, the first time he had 'minute rice' he asked what it was and was incredulous when they told him it was rice. The FDA allows hydrogenated fats for over 20 years, people like Dr. Oz are the ones who sent a warning call on Hydrogenated Fats in our foods, why are they used...they make the process very, very, very cheap. Here are the facts: * The melting point of the oil is raised, turning many previously liquid oils into solids. * Shelf-life is increased, as the resulting oil is less susceptible to degrading over time (maybe bacteria have a difficult time eating it too!). * All nutritional value in the original oil is lost. * The texture of the resultant solid can be made to resemble that of natural, animal fats. * The previously perfectly natural oil becomes a totally unnatural, dangerous, relatively undigestable "plastic". * Tissues made with the "false" fat cannot function properly, as thousands of enzymes can't bind to them, giving rise to a host of disease states.
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      by June on Sep 16, 2011 at 08:08 AM in reply to
      Dr. OZ is right in calling attention to the hilgh levels of arsenic in apple juice. I am a former case worker with teen moms, and I have worried about the daily use and volume of apple juice consumed by babies. junekhuss@aol.com
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        by Jen on Sep 19, 2011 at 07:32 AM in reply to June
        June, read my statement below - you are being about as irresponsible as Dr. Oz with that comment. Now had you said you were worried about the over consumption of apple juice because of its high sugar content and ability to cause digestive upset if consumed too frequently, then I might have given you a tiny bit of respect. Mainevent, you just basically kind of rambled on and any point you attempted to make was lost especially since you went WAY off subject - take your organics discussion to the appropriate forum maybe (where rich people who can afford to eat all organic are because the average "working poor" and the like can't afford high-priced organic goods).
  • by Maggie on Sep 15, 2011 at 03:07 PM
    Welllll....the article says that the FDA says there are "much lower levels" in juices? Since when is it okay or acceptable to have ANY arsenic in your juice??? Hey FDA...maybe we should review who you are and your credentials for deciding what is and isn't acceptable!!
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      by Jen on Sep 16, 2011 at 07:29 AM in reply to Maggie
      Try expanding your world a little and do what the rest of us do, further research it online where you'll learn that organic Arsenic is present in much of our produce as it naturally occurs in the soil, air, and water. It's inorganic Arsenic that is the problem, which is what they mean by "safe levels" when referring to the Arsenic that is present. Of course, Mr. half arsed Dr. Oz only decided to do an overall test for Arsenic which is exactly what's being pointed out as inaccurate. It's amazing how much misinformation someone trying to continue to hold onto his "career" will put forth to the public who watches his show. This is beyond irresponsible and Dr. Oz should be ashamed of himself but will instead continue to keep his name out there by fighting for the validity of the extremely invalid study done as part of his TV program.
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