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Concerns raised about fruit juices


WAUSAU (WAOW)--Should you be concerned about drinking fruit juices? A new study by Consumer Reports has raised concerns about those  tasty  drinks.

    Consumer Reports tested 88 juices and found 10% had total arsenic levels higher than FDA standards for bottled and municipal water. Consumer Reports, Urvashi Rangan,  Ph.D., "The majority of arsenic found  was the inorganic form-a known carcinogen linked to skin, bladder and lung cancer."

  In an interview on Newsline 9, ABC'S Dr. Richard  Besser recommended, "No juice for babies under 6 months of age, children under 7 may have 4 to 6 ounces daily, older children and adults 8 to 12 ounces."  He added that the FDA should set limits for arsenic levels in juice similar to those they have for water.

  The Juice Products Association responded saying, "Juice  is not water. To compare trace levels of arsenic or lead in juice to the regulatory guidelines is not appropriate."

  The FDA says it will continue to collect data.

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