FDA: TV doctor’s apple juice arsenic test misleading

    The Food and Drug Administration is up against a televised claim that trace amounts of arsenic in apple juice may pose a health risk.

    The FDA disputes claims made earlier this week by TV host Dr. Mehmet Oz that a New Jersey lab found concerning levels of arsenic in the juice. But those lab methods were not appropriate, the FDA says, and the Associated Press reports tests administered by the FDA show lower arsenic levels. The agency alerted show producers in advance that Oz’s test method is misleading, and a former acting head of the CDC this morning called Oz’s report “extremely irresponsible.”

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