Consumer Reports: Some juice brands contain dangerous heavy metalsPosted: Updated:
Though shoppers may put fruity drinks in their carts because of their nutritional value, a study shows some brands are putting children at risk with dangerous elements found inside the boxes and bottles.
Consumer Reports Chief Scientific Officer James Dickerson says their research found 47 percent of juices investigated had concerning levels of heavy elements or heavy metals.
Dickerson says his team tested 45 bottled and boxed juices from 24 different brands. They looked into four specific flavors -- apple, grape, pear and juice blends.
The research found every product had either cadmium, arsenic, lead or mercury in them. Of those, seven of the bottled juices had risk associated with them for children if they consumed just 4 ounces per day. They also found five juice boxes that posed a risk if a child consumed one box or more per day.
Juice boxes and pouches with the highest risk include Trader Joes' Joe's Kids Apple Juice, Minute Maid's apple juice and fruit punch, Juicy Juice's fruit punch and Mott's apple and white grape juice.
The Consumer Reports study even found that organic juice options were just as risky as all other products on the shelf.
Dickerson recommended the FDA instill stricter limits in the future.