Arsenic in Your Juice: How much is too much? Federal limits don’t exist. (Consumer Reports)


As concern grows over arsenic levels in food and drink, Consumer Reports magazine points to a Dartmouth study that discovered arsenic in baby food.

The study, by Research Associate Professor of Earth Sciences Brian Jackson, found arsenic levels of up to 23 parts per billion in name-brand baby food. That’s more than twice the amount of arsenic permitted in public water.

Jackson, who is also director of the Trace Metal Analysis Core Facility at Dartmouth, presented his findings at a conference in Scotland this summer.

The story also refers readers to a video, “In Small Doses: Arsenic.” The short educational film was produced by the Dartmouth Toxic Metals Superfund Research Program to inform New England well owners about the dangers of continuous low-dose exposure to the metal.

Read the full story, published in the January 2012 edition of Consumer Reports.

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