Detection of Poisons in Food

Sep 20, 2011

Determine Instantly at Home if the Juices You and Your Children are Drinking Contain Dangerous Amounts of Arsenic.


ChemSee has a new Kit available for testing juices AT HOME for arsenic.

Arsenic in Apple Products

Test Your Juices At Home Yourself!

Know Instantly If The Arsenic Concentration Is Excessive!

*The Only Arsenic Detector that Detects Arsenic at the Levels Required by EPA and FDA Standards*

Number of AJLOW-01 Detectors To Purchase

New detectors are now avalible for use at home to detect arsenic in apple juice, apple sauce, grapefruit juice, orange juice and other juices.  Detection limits for these new detectors are in the range of 20 - 100 ppb (parts per billion) arsenic. This concentration range is consistant with the requirements of the CDC and the NIH.

The Main Features of the AJLOW-01 Detectors Include:

  • Tests can be done at home,
  • Tests give the results in a very short period of time,
  • Tests are done at high accuracy,
  • There are no other interferences with the tests, and,
  • Results are seen as a color change in a small tube.

Dr. Oz stated on September 15th’s episode of ABC’s Good Morning America that apple juices contained Arsenic.  His statements sparked a nation-wide outcry wanting to know the facts about the possibility that products such as apple juice and applesauce may contain toxic materials.  This issue is particularly important because apple juice and applesauce are very important and nutritional components to the diet of many children.

Dr. Oz raised the possibility of Arsenic being present in apple juice, but in reality one should also be concerned about Cyanides in apple-based products, mainly in commercial applesauce and apple juice. The probability of finding Cyanide in store-bought applesauce or apple juice is much more likely than finding Arsenic.  Certain compounds which are present naturally in apple seeds may release Cyanides if not removed before making applesauce or juice.  Manufacturers crush these seeds along with the apples when making the product.  However, the levels of such compounds are very low and only miniscule amounts of Cyanide may be formed.

On December 1st, 2011, Consumers Report published the results of its study of arsenic in apple and other juices. In this study, Consumers Report found that nine out of eighty-eight samples had arsenic above the EPA’s limit for arsenic in water. The FDA estimated a level of 23 parts per billion for apple juice, based on the fact that the EPA limit is 10 ppb for water. Since people consume a lot more water than apple juice, the equivalent dose of arsenic is divided in a smaller volume and thus the allowable concentration is greater. This number is not as simple to use or correlate with the best standard that may apply to the consumption of juices by children. The main reasons are that the rate of growth of cells in young children is a lot faster than in adults, that the size of the body of children is a lot smaller than that of adults and that the constituents of children's food are different than that of adults. Since ALL FOODS CONTAIN SOME ARSENIC, the total dose of arsenic that enters the body will depend on the constituents of the diet and the arsenic content of each component. While it is IMMPOSSIBLE TO COMPLETELY ELIMINATE the ingestion of arsenic, it is recommended to bring as close to zero as possible the ingestion of arsenic by children under the age of six years and by pregnant women in the early stages of pregnancy.

Appealing Products, Inc. / www.ChemSee.com purchased several brands of commercially available applesauce and juice and tested them for the presence of Arsenic and Cyanide.  No Arsenic or Cyanide was found in the samples that were tested. The samples of apple juice tested include Food Lion’s Store Brand Apple Juice made from Concentrate and Nestlé’s Apple Juicy Juice.  The samples of applesauce tested include Mott’s Original Applesauce and Food Lion’s Original Applesauce.  The results of these products do not mean however that Arsenic and Cyanide are absent from all brands of applesauce or juices.  These have to be tested on a case by case basis.  About four years ago, very small levels of Cyanide were found in a commercial applesauce, significantly below any level that can cause a physiological damage.  The applesauce tested then was NOT any of the brands listed above.  The results indicate that consuming these particular brands of applesauce or apple juice does not present any danger to children or adults.

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