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Arsenic in Apple Juice - The St. Petersburg Times commissioned independent testing of samples of kid-friendly apple juice boxes. That testing found levels of arsenic in some samples that surpass the Food and Drug Administration's "level" of concern for heavy metals in juices. Federal officials have said they found no reason for parents to worry, but some scientists say the results are worrisome. How concerned should you be? You be the judge. The Times paid for the testing of two samples each of eight national brands, plus two samples from a local company that supplies public schools throughout the Tampa Bay area.
[MELISSA LYTTLE, Times]
Corbin Meyer, 3, sucks on the straw of his apple juice box during lunch at the Paul R. Hortin Child Development Center at Christ United Methodist Church Thursday.

The St. Petersburg Times commissioned independent testing of samples of kid-friendly apple juice boxes. That testing found levels of arsenic in some samples that surpass the Food and Drug Administration's "level of concern" for heavy metals in juices. Federal officials have said they found no reason for parents to worry, but some scientists say the results are worrisome. How concerned should you be? You be the judge. The Times paid for the testing of two samples each of eight national brands, plus two samples from a local company that supplies public schools throughout the Tampa Bay area.

In this special report, you will find our interactive presentation, as well as the article published in the St. Petersburg Times. Proceed above to see charts of the test results, an explanation of how apple juice is produced and where the arsenic might be coming from, and a review of the risks of arsenic. You might be surprised by the origins of much of the juice.

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