Headlines regarding arsenic in apple juice, big in the news earlier this summer, have come around again this week after a Consumer Reports investigation summary revealed arsenic levels exceeding federal limits and calling for improved FDA standards.
From the report:
The tests of 88 samples of apple juice and grape juice purchased in New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut by Consumer Reports staffers found that 10 percent of those samples had total arsenic levels exceeding federal drinking-water standards of 10 parts per billion (ppb) and 25 percent had lead levels higher than the 5 ppb limit for bottled water set by the Food and Drug Administration.
The fact that a toxic chemical can enter a commonly consumed American product at threatening levels illustrates the holes within the U.S. food regulatory system, in which whistleblowers frequently come to GAP to help expose.
In fact, GAP recently acquired a client who used to work at a Mott's apple juice plant. The whistleblower was quoted in the Daily Beast.
GAP lawyers offer legal assistance to food safety whistleblowers, as well as legislative and media advocacy efforts to publicize threats to food integrity and public health.
Sarah Damian is New Media Associate for the Government Accountability Project, the nation's leading whistleblower protection and advocacy organization.