Consumer Reports juice study finds 'concerning' levels of heavy metals

Consumer Reports says testing of fruit juices found 'concerning' levels of heavy metals in almost half of the juices tested.

The consumer education and watchdog publication released an article on the study Wednesday, saying 47 percent of the 45 tested juices "had concerning levels of cadmium, inorganic arsenic, and/or lead." 

Consumer Reports said its test results also identified some juices that had the potential to harm children or even adults.

The tests were conducted on juices like apple, grape, pear, and blends, and were mostly performed on juice concentrates.

Brands tested included juice from Whole Foods, Apple & Eve, Capri Sun, Gerber, Juicy Juice, Motts, Trader Joes, Welch's, Minute Maid, and Ocean Spray. Consumer Reports also tested store brands from retailers like Target, Walmart, Dollar General, and CVS.

Consumer Reports said every juice it tested had measurable levels of at least one of the heavy metals.

The study found seven juices that "could harm children who drink 4 ounces (½ cup) or more a day" and five that could pose a risk to adults in the same daily amount.

Consumer reports also said grape juice and juice blends had the highest average of heavy metal levels, and organic juices did not have lower levels.

For details on the Consumer Reports study, visit https://www.consumerreports.org/food-safety/arsenic-and-lead-are-in-your-fruit-juice-what-you-need-to-know/.