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Public Warned Not to Drink Recalled High Hill Ranch Unpasteurized Apple Juice

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High Hill Ranch, based in Camino, CA, has recalled all unpasteurized apple juice sold after Oct. 6, 2015 after a consumer was apparently infected with Escherichia coli bacteria from drinking the product. That person was hospitalized, but is expected to recover. El Dorado County health officials are also warning the public not to drink the… Continue Reading

FDA Proposes Limit for Arsenic in Apple Juice

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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Friday proposed a limit for arsenic in apple juice, two years after testing by Dr. Oz and Consumer Reports spurred widespread consumer concern about the presence of the compound in juice products. The Environmental Protection Agency already has an arsenic limit for tap water, but the FDA’s new… Continue Reading

Dust-Up Over Arsenic Levels In Rice Settles Nothing

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Nothing changed yesterday about arsenic in rice and rice products. Consumer Reports and National Chicken Council exchanged some shots, but the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) did not change so much as a comma in any of its recommendations about arsenic and rice. FDA says “there is an absence of the necessary scientific data… Continue Reading

Lawmakers Urge FDA to Act on Arsenic Standards

Reps. Frank Pallone (D-NJ) and Rosa DeLauro (D-CT) are continuing to press the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to respond to reports of arsenic in juices and other foods. On Wednesday, Pallone held a press conference at a preschool in New Brunswick, NJ to drum up support for his bill, “Arsenic Prevention and Protection from… Continue Reading

Bill Would Set Arsenic, Lead Limits in Juice

U.S. Representatives Frank Pallone  (D-NJ) and Rosa DeLauro (D-CT) introduced a bill Wednesday that would require the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to set safety standards for arsenic and lead in juices.   The “Arsenic Prevention and Protection from Lead Exposure in Juice Act of 2012” or “APPLE Juice Act of 2012” is in response… Continue Reading

Q&A With Michael Taylor, Part II: Antibiotics, Orange Juice & Consolidation

Part II of a conversation with Michael Taylor, deputy commissioner for foods at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, on a variety of issues facing the agency.  Q: The agency’s getting a lot of heat, both from public health advocates and the media, over antibiotics in animal agriculture. This issue doesn’t seem to be going… Continue Reading

Top Food Safety Stories of 2011: No. 8

Food fright, a phenomenon mostly experienced by parents, is 2011’s 8th most important food safety story.    Parents in 2011 have had to wade through scary stories about the purported dangers their children face if they drink apple juice, eat rice, use a Sippy cup, or pick non-organic fruits and vegetables. It’s difficult to determine… Continue Reading

FDA Tests Apple Juice for Arsenic, Says Most Are OK

Perhaps in response to Consumer Reports’ charges that levels of arsenic in children’s juices are so high that more restrictive standards would be healthier (see previous post), the FDA has done its own tests, updated its arsenic home page, and strengthened its Q and A on arsenic. The Q and A includes these questions: Is… Continue Reading

Consumer Reports Finds Arsenic in Juice

It seemed like fear-mongering in September when daytime TV star Dr. Mehmet Oz said some of the top-selling brands of apple juice were laced with high levels of arsenic, which indeed sounds very scary. Most news reports were skeptical when Oz suggested this presented an urgent public health risk, particularly to children, and the U.S…. Continue Reading

Apple Juice Is Still Safe, FDA Says

The Food and Drug Administration has reiterated its finding that apple juice sold across the U.S. is safe to drink, with naturally occurring arsenic levels well below the agency’s “level of concern,” but says it may set new guidelines on an appropriate level for inorganic arsenic. “FDA monitoring has found that total arsenic levels in… Continue Reading