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Whoa, Momma!

Sharon Kennedy Wynne, Tracey Henry and Suzannah DiMarzio

Arsenic and apple juice -- what's a Momma to do?



Mom_applejuice1 If you're like me, your fridge is always stocked with apple juice boxes for the kids. But then I read the story by Tom Marshall in Sunday's St. Petersburg Times about tests that "found levels of arsenic that have caught the attention of scientists and parents.

"More than a quarter of the 18 samples tested by the Times contained between 25 and 35 parts per billion of arsenic — amounts that surpass the Food and Drug Administration's 'level of concern' for heavy metals in juices," the story said.

Some experts said that was alarming news. Others said the amounts were not high enough to really worry about.

So what's a Momma to do about this? Well...I'm not going to stop letting my kids drink apple juice. But maybe I won't let them drink it as much. And probably I'll call our pediatrician to see what she says about it. After all, she's a Momma too.

-- Sherry Robinson

[ The juice made at M&B Products in Tampa turned out to contain no arsenic, but tests by the Times found high levels in some major brands. Times photo by Skip O'Rourke.]

[Last modified: Thursday, May 13, 2010 11:05am]


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