Heavy Metals in Juice?
The juice industry is committed to providing safe, high-quality, nutritious juice that meets or exceeds regulations established by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for food safety. Juice producers regularly conduct their own testing to ensure quality control and the safety and compliance of their products.
Heavy metals are naturally occurring elements found in the soil and environment. The presence of a heavy metal in a food product alone does not make that product unsafe. The members of the Juice Products Association rely on federal regulatory agencies to establish limits based on risks to the consumer, including children. There is no scientific evidence indicating that the presence of trace levels of heavy metals in juice has caused any negative health outcomes among individuals at any life stage. According to the 2020-2025 Dietary Guidelines, 100% juice is a healthful, nutrient-dense beverage, which contributes beneficial nutrients to the diet and can be a healthy part of the diet of children.
Juice producers make safety a priority 365-days-a-year. Consumers can be assured that juice is safe. Regardless of where the ingredients are sourced or where the juice is processed, all juice producers are required to manufacture products that comply with FDA regulations.
See below where we breakdown the facts about juice and heavy metals, and what you should know.
What You Need To Know: The juice industry is committed to providing safe, quality and nutritious juices and complies with all federal regulations for food safety. Federal guidelines are set based on an assessment of risk to human health.
People are not being over-exposed to lead by drinking juice. In fact, juice is a food that the Environmental Protection Agency recommends as part of a healthy diet to fight lead poisoning. The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) monitors levels of lead in food and drinks and has set an upper limit for lead in fruit juices at 50 parts per billion (ppb). The data collected by the FDA indicates there is no safety concern for lead in juice.
What It Is: Lead is a naturally occurring metal found in small amounts in the earth’s crust. Lead can be found in all parts of our environment – the air, the soil, the water, and even inside our homes. Therefore, many products including fruits that come from nature may contain trace, harmless amounts of lead.
What You Need to Know: The FDA routinely tests for contaminants including arsenic in food and beverages to ensure that any levels are not above safety thresholds. The juice industry complies with the FDA’s proposed action level of 10 parts per billion (ppb) for inorganic arsenic in apple juice. The data collected by the FDA indicates there is no safety concern for arsenic in juice.
What It Is: Arsenic is present in the environment as a naturally occurring substance or as a result of contamination from human activity. It is found in water, air, soil and plant-based foods.
What You Need to Know: Cadmium is present in higher concentrations in the leaves than in the fruits or edible portions of plants. There is no safety concern for cadmium in juice.
What It Is: Cadmium is a natural element in the earth’s crust. It can be found in the air, soil and water. Trace amounts of cadmium are unavoidable in certain foods.
Juice & Contaminants
The juice industry is committed to providing safe, quality and nutritious juices and complies with all federal regulations for food safety.