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Arsenic has been found in fruit juices sold across the US, an alarming new report has found.
Tests by the non-profit research group Consumer Reports found dangerous levels of the metal - as well as lead, mercury and cadmium - in 21 of the 45 juices they tested.
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Just half a cup of juice a day could drive up kids' arsenic blood levels to dangerous heights, they warned.
What's more, previous tests by Consumer Reports found arsenic and lead in a myriad of other infant baby foods, which could suggest that children may be exposed to metals in various ways on a regular basis.
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The chemists who conducted the tests said the implications are serious.
'Each of these metals has shown similar adverse effects on children's developing brains and nervous systems, and there are potential additive effects,' Consumer Reports chemist Tunde Akinleye explained.
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It is not the first time Consumer Reports has investigated metals in fruit juice.
Their report in 2013, exposing high levels, prompted the FDA to officially explore new limits on lead and arsenic in juice.
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The new report, published today, found lower levels across the board, but the chemists who conducted the investigation said the levels are still higher than they should be.
They found seven juices that could cause harm to children who drink more than four ounces a day:
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Arsenic is hard to weed out of food and drink.
It is found in many things...
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