By Holly Lebowitz Rossi

The US Food & Drug Administration has announced it will limit the amount of inorganic arsenic allowed in apple juice drinks, proposing a limit that would be the same as is allowed in drinking water. The news comes after decades of debate, which flared in 2011 when Dr. Mehmet Oz released a widely publicized study finding higher-than-allowed amounts of total arsenic in popular brands of apple juice, including Gerber.

Oz's research did not distinguish between "organic" and "inorganic" arsenic, which scientists liken to cholesterol, which has "good" and "bad" types that should be measured separately.  At the time, Oz argued for the inorganic arsenic level to be lowered to the allowable drinking water level, which the new FDA announcement appears to do.

Image: Apple juice, via Shutterstock

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