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Toxic Heavy Metals such as Lead (Pb) and Arsenic (As) found in packaged fruit juices

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Consumer reports tested forty five popular fruit juices including grape, apple, pear which are sold across North America. As per the report almost half of the tested packaged fruit juices contained potentially harmful levels of toxic heavy metals such as arsenic, lead and cadmium.  Heavy metals are naturally found in the environment but much of the heavy metals soil or water that has been contaminated through mining, pollution or pesticides. Persistent exposure to these toxic heavy metals can have long standing effect on neurological systems, respiratory systems, immune systems particularly in the early development of children. Heavy metals can also put children at risk for diabetes, skin disease, cancer, and behavioral problems. According to James Dickerson, Consumer Reports’ Chief Scientific Officer, some of the juices were marketed for children.

Toxic Heavy Metals in Packaged Fruit Juices

 

 

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Arsenic Contamination in Water

Drinking water may contribute significantly to oral intake in regions where there are high arsenic concentrations in well-water or river-water or mine drainage areas. The concentration in ground water depends on the arsenic content of the bed-rock. Arsenic contamination is spreading fast and entering the food chain through farm products in the region. As people take contaminated water along with contaminated food, the chances of damage become greater. The clinical picture of chronic poisoning with arsenic varies widely. It is usually dominated by changes in the skin and mucous membranes and by neurological, vascular and haematogical lesions. Arsenic and its inorganic compounds have been known to be neurotoxic. The skin is a common critical organ in people exposed to inorganic arsenical compounds. Eczematoid symptoms develop with varying degrees of severity.  Hyperkerotosis, warts and melanosis of the skin are the most commonly observed lesions in chronic exposure. Arsenic contamination in water, vegetables, rice and other foods is spreading as reported in the Indian Parliament. An editorial report was published in the Hindustan Times dated 27th December, 2017.

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