We should strive to have the safest levels of arsenic possible in our food, beverages and drinking water; however, because arsenic is naturally abundant in our environment, we won’t be able to eliminate it completely. More studies are needed as to the type (organic or inorganic) and the levels of arsenic in juice products, as well as any potential health effects. Evidence available today does not indicate widespread poisoning of our children by drinking fruit juices.
There are two types of arsenic: organic, which occurs naturally in air, soil and water; and inorganic, which can be found in pesticides, for example. Of the two types, the inorganic form is of more concern because it has been linked to health issues, including cancer.
The health experts at America’s 57 poison centers understand that these reports have caused many parents and caregivers to be concerned about the health of their children who drink fruit juices.
The Utah Poison Control Center recommends that parents and caregivers review all the information available and make decisions they feel are best for their families. Parents who are concerned may decide to limit the amount of juice their children drink, have their children drink more water or milk, or dilute the juice with water.
A recent study by Consumer Reports found levels of arsenic above the federal limit of 10 parts per billion for drinking water in 10 percent of the juice products it sampled. Earlier this year, the Dr. Oz show also reported finding levels above 10 ppb in several samples of fruit juices. This week, the U.S. Federal Drug Administration announced it is conducting its own testing and research about safe levels of arsenic in juice products.
As always, parents who have questions are encouraged to call the poison center at 1-800-222-1222.
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CBD is legal in what the state calls ‘medicinal dosage form’ meaning it can’t be smoked or added to food or beverages for sale. Accepted forms of consumption include pills, capsules, oil, topical applications, gel, cubes, and lozenges.
CBD brands often have their own ecommerce shop, allowing you to purchase your desired CBD products straight from the source. Products purchased online, however, may not be in line with Utah state legal requirements. You can learn more about where to buy CBD oil on Weedmaps.
The 2018 Hemp Farm Bill legislation does not mean that CBD derived from hemp is universally legal throughout the United States. According to the Farm Bill, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has the power to regulate CBD product labeling, including therapeutic claims and the use of CBD as a food additive. The FDA has already maintained that even hemp-derived CBD may not legally be added to food and beverages, or marketed as a dietary supplement.Although the organization has begun to re-evaluate some of these stances on legal CBD products, the FDA has not revised its regulations. The agency also has been strict in its stance against any labeling that could be perceived as a medical claim about CBD.
The Hemp Farming Act of 2018 re-classified hemp as an agricultural commodity and made its cultivation federally legal. Further, the act removed some forms of cannabis from Schedule I status by creating a legal distinction between hemp and marijuana. Hemp is cannabis with less than .3% THC, and marijuana refers to cannabis with more than .3% THC. This distinction in federal law effectively legalized CBD that is derived from cannabis with less than .3% THC, as long as it’s been cultivated according to federal and state regulations.