For an episode airing today, Dr. Oz decided to test five major-label brands of apple juice for their arsenic content. What he found were that, of 33 samples taken, 10 showed arsenic levels above those deemed safe by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and one sample was higher than the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) guidelines.
The FDA is crying foul on his findings, however. In a statement released yesterday, the organization said that while there are some levels of arsenic in apple juice, it’s important to distinguish the difference between organic and inorganic arsenic. Organic arsenic, hence the name, is naturally occurring in the environment and can be found in many foods. The FDA stresses that this type of arsenic won’t do any harm to you or your family. Inorganic arsenic, on the other hand, can prove deadly if ingested in large quantities. It maintains that if Dr. Oz did further testing of the juices, he would find that the majority of the arsenic is organic.