Dr. Oz sparks dialogue about arsenic in apple juice

On Wednesday’s Dr. Oz show, Dr. Oz claimed some apple juice brands have potentially dangerous levels of arsenic.

He says an independent lab hired by the show made the discovery.

However,, the FDA says Dr. Oz got it wrong and they're calling the show "irresponsible".

The FDA says there are different types of arsenic, some dangerous and some naturally occurring, which are not as dangerous, but Dr. Oz didn't show the difference.

Thursday morning on the Today Show, Dr. Oz responded to the FDA when he spoke to Matt Lauer.

“There is a heightened level of concern by me and others that there is arsenic slipping into our food supply by these imported apples. So, let's figure it out. In the meantime, I would not pull the apple juice out of the boxes you're giving your kids. Apple juice at the level of arsenic we identify is not harmful to kids in the short term. It's only the long-term ramifications that I'm worried about."

Dr. Oz also said he hopes the study will open a dialogue about arsenic in juice.

ND South Bend Clinic Dr. Jesse Hsieh also weighed in on this today.

He sent WNDU an email saying Dr. Oz didn't differentiate between organic and inorganic arsenic.

Dr. Hsieh is telling his patients that juice with organic arsenic is harmless and is found in nature everywhere.

It is the inorganic arsenic which can be found in some pesticides and other chemicals.

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