WASHINGTON — The Food and Drug Administration has extended the comment period for its proposed action level for inorganic arsenic in apple juice by 60 days to Nov. 12, 2013.


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The draft guidance proposes an action level of 10 parts per billion of organic arsenic in apple juice. It is the same level set by the Environmental Protection Agency for arsenic in drinking water. The FDA considers this level protective of human health and achievable with the use of good manufacturing practice. 

The extension comes one week after FDA researchers determined that the level of arsenic found in rice and rice products is too low to cause health damage in the short term.

The FDA began investigating arsenic in juice in response to a Consumer Reports analysis that found arsenic levels exceeding federal drinking water standards in 10% of the 88 samples of apple and grape juice collected in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut for testing.

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