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Arsenic in the Apple Juice

Some things are hard to understand. Like, why are Koala Bears not really bears? Or, how can Oranges, lemons, and watermelons actually be berries? How can it be?

That’s how I felt when I read the story about (Reuters News) the Food and Drug Administration proposing to limit the amount of arsenic that is allowable in apple juice. Yes, arsenic that is now allowable in apple juice.

According to the FDA press release, it has been testing apple juice for several years and determined that the vast majority of samples contained low levels of inorganic arsenic. However, it was considered to be acceptable levels.

Inorganic arsenic has been linked to skin lesions, developmental effects, cardiovascular disease, neurotoxicity, and diabetes. Apple juice sold in the United States can be made from a concentrate that is obtained from multiple parts of the world that may include the United States.

Now, the FDA has decided to take another look at what is considered to be acceptable consumer levels. The Reuters link gives information on the announcement and that public comments are now being considered in arriving at new possible standards. It makes me think that maybe apple juice is not such a good idea for the sippy cup.

DID YOU KNOW that snails can sleep for three years.  It allows them to survive in dry climates, when necessary. Does that have anything to do with a picture being worth a thousand words? OK, maybe not so much.

And now a bit of dancing levity for pic o’ day: (even the word levity makes me smile)


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