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Arsenic was found in Martinelli's apple juice sold in Florida, USA. What to do

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A batch of Martinelli's apple juice sold by several retailers in Florida is being recalled due to concerns about high levels of arsenic, the company announced.

The voluntary recall came after the state of Maryland found samples from a single batch of tested juice that were above the benchmark for inorganic arsenic.

The apple juice is sold in one liter bottles,

Here's what you should know:

Which apple juice was recalled because of arsenic?

The recalled Martinelli apple juice is:

  • 1 liter bottles with a best before date of March 9, 2026 or March 10, 2026.

It was shipped to stores between March 13, 2023 and September 27, 2023, with the majority of it shipped before July 28, 2023.

Recalled apple juice sold by several retailers in Florida

Martinelli's apple juice is sold at several notable retailers, including in Florida:

Has anyone gotten sick from drinking Martinelli's apple juice?

No illnesses have been reported as a result of the recall, the Watsonville, California-based company wrote in its April 16 announcement letter to grocery stores.

How much arsenic is in the recalled apple juice?

The Maryland Department of Health reported that test results for Martinelli's March 2023 production lot showed 11.6 parts per billion of inorganic arsenic – 1.6 ppb higher than FDA guidelines.

In June 2023, the FDA issued guidance lowering the industry limit for inorganic arsenic in apple juice from 23 ppb to 10 ppb.

According to the Centers for Disease Control, this policy came 22 years after the Environmental Protection Agency adopted a lower standard of 10 ppb for arsenic in drinking water. This standard replaced the previous standard of 50 ppb.

“The guidance supports FDA’s goal of reducing exposure to environmental contaminants from foods commonly consumed by babies and young children,” the FDA said.

“The FDA believes that the 10 ppb action limit, while non-binding, will help encourage manufacturers to reduce levels of inorganic arsenic in apple juice. The agency will continue its current practice of monitoring arsenic in apple juice samples and will consider whether testing detects inorganic arsenic.” If arsenic in apple juice is above 10 ppb, FDA will consider this limit in addition to other factors to determine whether Enforcement action must be taken.”

How can arsenic get into food?

According to the FDA, arsenic can be present in food because it is present in the environment in which food is grown, raised or processed.

“Arsenic in soil, air and water can occur naturally or be present as a result of human activities, such as past use of arsenic-containing pesticides or pollution from mining, fracking and coal-fired power plants.”

“It is not possible to completely remove arsenic from the environment or food supply,” the FDA said.

What happens if you are exposed to arsenic?

“Unusually high doses of inorganic arsenic can cause symptoms ranging from nausea, vomiting and diarrhea to dehydration and shock,” according to the Centers for Disease Control.

“Long-term exposure to high levels of inorganic arsenic in drinking water is associated with certain illnesses. These conditions include skin diseases, an increased risk of diabetes, high blood pressure and various types of cancer. Inorganic arsenic and arsenic compounds may be carcinogenic chemicals.

What should you do if you bought apple juice?

Buyers who have purchased the affected product should immediately stop using it and throw it away.

Consumers with questions can call Martinelli's at 1-800-662-1868.

Anna Harden

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