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Our Tainted Food Supply: Arsenic in our Apple and Grape Juice? And NOW in rice?

Updated on May 19, 2014

Food safety must be a top priority for all of us

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Should this even be an issue?

Our tainted food supply.

Can we afford to stand by silently while big corporations poison our foods without any restrictions?

Where is our Government oversight?

Food supplies embracing profits over safety?

Where are the minds and hearts of the food manufacturers that this should even be an issue for the consumers of the products they put out there for our consumption?

Has GREED really tainted everything that was decent, trustworthy, honest and reliable in the past?

Has the value of money totally exceeded the value of life itself?

I am adding this link to the ConsumerReports.Org article on Arsenic in Juice: Apple and Grape juices and bottled water that may be killing you and your children.

If you value your life, the lives of your children, friends and family this is a must read to open your eyes as to WHAT OUR GOVERNMENT IS NOT DOING TO PROTECT US.


This information is quite alarming, disturbing and outrageous. There is simply no excuse for this kind of assault on the American people. All for the sake of profit by the GREEDY corporate monsters that want to fully control our government, our lives, and our destinies. This must stop. We must all stand united in rebellion against these atrocities by Corporate America - or are these really terrorist attacks on the American people by our enemies? Within or outside our borders?

This article lists the signs and symptoms of arsenic and lead poisoning that you may have been, or might be exposed to from the foods we buy, our drinking water, or both. It is imperative that we know the signs and symptoms and do not hesitate to ask your physicians to do this simple blood test for arsenic and lead levels. We must look for our own safety first, as we can no longer count on our government, or food manufactures to provide safety measures to protect our health, or the health of our friends, family and our children.

No one speaks for the people

Can we survive these assaults, to all flanks of the general public by terrorists, corporate America, religious fanatics, and even our very own government politicians? Sometimes it seems like there is no safety nets left for us to count on, to protect ourselves, to protect our children and the future generations that will feel the brunt of today's actions, or inactions, the most.

Our greatest weapon today is our voice, in concert, demanding that sanity be restored to our way of life, and our government. WE MUST STAND UNITED AND SUPPORT THE "OCCUPY WALL STREET MOVEMENT". It is our only remaining defense against this massive assault on the American People.

by d.william 11/30/2011

Profits above all else

Addendum to the original article:

This is an excerpt from an email i received today. It is frightening to say the least. Can we really do away with government agencies that purportedly protect the American citizens from the Corporate Greed, when their motto has become: "profit above all else" and that includes public safety. I am sharing their article in total, per their request, to enlighten people about the hidden hazards in our foods.

Dear d.william:

If you’ve eaten rice today, you might have elevated levels of arsenic in your system. Concerned? So are we.

Consumer Reports just tested more than 200 rice products for arsenic, and we also studied arsenic levels in people who had just eaten rice products.

We found troubling levels of arsenic in many of the rice products we tested. And much higher arsenic levels in people who had just consumed rice.

If you’re as concerned as we are about arsenic in your food, take action now!

Our laws limit arsenic in drinking and bottled water but set no limits on arsenic in most food and drinks – despite the EPA’s stance that no level of exposure to the carcinogenic form of arsenic is ‘safe.’

We launched our rice investigation to follow up our earlier tests that found arsenic in some apple and grape juice samples. Since rice is grown in standing water, it’s more prone than other crops to absorb arsenic from pesticides and fertilizer, as well as arsenic that is naturally present in the environment.

Read our quick tips, then tell our federal food agencies to get serious about limiting arsenic in our food!

This study has important health information and consumption advice that every consumer should have. Please share this with friends and family so they can get the facts and join us in action.

Jean Halloran,

added: 09/20/2012

Our Future Survival Will Depend on Future Generations. Not on Today's Politics

This is one scarey video !!!

Are Our Food Supplies Tainted? Why?


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    • d.william profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from Somewhere in the south



      Druid Dude

      always exploring


      Faceless 39 Credence 2


      To all of you, my apologies for missing all these wonderful comments. I still don't know all the ins and outs of hubpages, but discovered that by clicking on "my account" then on "Comments" in the box to the left, there is a list of all the comments i have not responded to. Anyhow, i truly appreciate your reading and taking the time to give your thoughtful and interesting input.

      Yes, the concern was not the organic arsenic. The concern for the increase in the "bad" arsenic is; how it got there, and why.

      Since we are such a beloved and trusting nation to every other nation in the world - we cannot imagine anyone deliberately "spiking" all those imported foods/drinks that come from everywhere else in the world except our own "made in the USA" products.

      Apple juice, or, actually any natural juice, that most kids should be drinking is perfectly safe and healthy for them as long as those juices are 100% juice without additives or preservatives (and made in the USA).

      But, hey, we all know profits out weight all other considerations in a capitalistic corporate run government. If, and when, the conservative right takes over, there will be NO MORE regulations on our foods at all. God have mercy on the consumers (everyone one of us).

      And to: always exploring - your comment "What next milk?" is not just a rhetorical question - see my hub:

      Again, thank you all for your wonderful comments.

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      Judy Specht 

      7 years ago from California

      I have just interviewed two toxicologist concerning arsenic in apple juice. The amount of arsenic permissible by the FDA is so minute that it would take a significantly greater amount than that allowed by the FDA to be harmful. My sources have several grandchildren and the only concern they have about apple juice is it has too much sugar for children to drink much of it.

      One of toxicologist is a conservative and the other is a liberal they both agreed that to avoid arsenic would be impossible. It is in most of the rocks of the world. arsenic aka Iron pyrite is a source most of us would recognize

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      Lee Raynor 

      7 years ago from Citra Florida

      This issue was first reported in March 2010 in the St Petersburg Times.

      From that article: “While some foods contain a harmless, organic form of arsenic, the study said most of the arsenic in juices was of the toxic, inorganic variety.”

      Link to article

      I was prompted to do a little research into our foods and have a hub

      The issue goes well beyond apple juice

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      7 years ago from Florida (Space Coast)

      Hello, D, the video does most certainly make a strong point. Regardless whether the arsenic is a danger or not, this is reason to support the continuing monitoring of what is going in to food that we all eat and take for granted to be sure that it is safe. It is the conservative that says there is too much regulation, if they had their way, common sense oversight would disappear.

      Yes, lets stand firmly with "occupy" against those that have a vested interest in continuing their greed and theft unchallenged!

      Regards, Cred2

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      Kate P 

      7 years ago from The North Woods, USA

      Voted up, useful, and awesome. Chemtrails, neurotoxins in the water supply, neurotoxins in juice boxes, mercury in amalgam fillings, pesticides, herbicides, Monsanto.. the list goes on forever. I sure hope people put two and two together. This is not purely about greed; it's about culling the population and Control. Great hub, and one that I hope will perk people's ears.

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      7 years ago from Southern California

      I believe they are talking about inorganic arsenic and not the naturally occurring type. At least that is what all the articles point out.

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      7 years ago from Southern Illinois

      I think that apple juice is one of the first juices given to babies. What next milk? Something is terribly wrong with this picture....

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      Druid Dude 

      7 years ago from West Coast

      That is really just the tip of the iceberg.

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      7 years ago

      Frankly, I'm not sure either. Having said that it makes sense to make sure that the "bad" arsenic hasn't somehow got into the juice. This story erupted once before. it seems to resurrect itself every so often. Thanks for the link.

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      Lee Raynor 

      7 years ago from Citra Florida

      From : “Questions have been raised about the human health effects of other types of organic arsenic in foods, including juices,” the magazine noted. “Use of organic arsenic in agricultural products has caused concern. For instance, the EPA in 2006 took steps to stop the use of herbicides containing organic arsenic because of their potential to turn into inorganic arsenic in the soil and contaminate drinking water.”

      I would also question the source of the juice, I have seen reports that much of it comes from China and other reports that it comes from here in the US. I trust no food coming from China, substances banned here are too often found in Chinese products. But hey! They're cheap!

      American consumers have become huge suckers and business takes advantage of us. The best defense is to become informed

    • d.william profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from Somewhere in the south

      Thanks for that clarification. Then i am not sure why this is such an issue as currently plastered all over the news?

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      7 years ago

      The arsenic is organic and naturally occurring. It is completely different from the arsenic found in pesticides. The organic arsenic passes through through the body without harming it.

    • d.william profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from Somewhere in the south

      thanks for reading and commenting. Although you are correct that adding sugar (or sugar substitutes) to the foods we buy is certainly not conducive to healthy nutrition, it is up to us, as consumers, to write to the food manufacturers and voice our concerns about either stopping to add extra sugars, or provide an alternative for those of us who do not want additives in our foods at all. The enticing part of getting children to eat healthy is the adding of sweeteners to make them more apt to ingest those foods. So, we teach our children to eat wrong from the beginning of their lives, and expect them to change later? Doesn't make much sense to me either.

    • d.william profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from Somewhere in the south

      Thanks for reading and commenting. Perhaps fresh squeezed might be one solution, but i am not sure how the arsenic got into the juices in the first place? After juicing, or on, or in, the fruit while growing? Fertilizers and insect repellents may be the culprit while growing the fruit trees, in which case fresh squeezing would not provide any safety either. The problem to be addressed is how it got in the juice and correct the problem. Our government "allows" some in our foods, (as with a myriad of other poisons) but what they allow is too high, and they do not take into consideration the accumulative effects, or the drinking of more than a daily recommended amount.

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      7 years ago from Southern California

      Also sugar is concentrated in fruit juices (even fresh squeezed) which is the last thing you want to give to a young child. It's better to just give them whole fruit (preferably organic) when they are able to chew it.

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      Keith Schroeder 

      7 years ago from Wisconsin

      Wow. I didn't know this. Every parent needs to know this before giving juice to their kids. Perhaps fresh squeezed juice is our only choice.


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