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June 21, 2010

Lead in kids' drinks

juice boxA new study by a San Francisco Bay-area environmental group finds 85 percent of kids' juice drinks and packaged fruit exceed federal lead limits, according to a story on the website inhabitots.

The drinks and fruits tested included 365 Organic (Whole Foods' store brand), Trader Joe's, Earth's Best Organic, Welch's, Minute Maid, Dole and Gerber, inhabitots reports.

I give up.











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Posted by Laura Vozzella at 5:28 AM | | Comments (10)


As I recall, a local student did something on this as a high school science project at Bryn Mawr School years ago. Her findings made the Sun's pages. This should not have been a surprise to anyone.

"You are a fluke of the universe. You have no right to be here. And whether you can hear it or not, the universe is laughing behind your back.

Therefore, make peace with your god, whatever you conceive him to be--Hairy Thunderer, or Cosmic Muffin.

With all its hopes, dreams, promises, and urban renewal, the world continues to deteriorate.

Give up."

Jeez, Anon, I thought i was the happy sunny voice of reason. Lemme hand over the crown of the day to you, though, jeez.
I was thinking that maybe continuous lead exposure may not be the fault of people letting their kids chew on window sills for entertainment, after all. All the "problems" that kid these days seem to have might not actually be a result of complete lack of parenting, but neurological damage. It's going to be a fun one for law enforcement when this crop comes of age. (See crime stats 13-20 years after lead exposure spikes in the general population. Be afraid. Be VERY afraid.)

A generation of fat criminals.

Baltimocker, google "deteriorata".

Baltimocker: And all this time I thought it was plastic...

Ah, the fruits of the self-regulating free market.

The Juice Products Association has requested test data and methodology from the Environmental Law Foundation (ELF). To date, ELF has not publicly released this information. ELF has stated only that the samples exceed lead limits set by California’s Proposition 65 – levels which are 20 times below the threshold set by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA). FDA routinely tests foods for trace elements such as lead and if concerns arise regarding public health, establishes regulations or action levels mandating acceptable safe levels. All juice companies conform to standards as established by the FDA. Regulatory authorities, including FDA, recognize that trace elements such as lead naturally occur in our environment and are present at insignificant levels in water and many of the foods we eat. Juice manufacturers are committed to manufacturing safe and wholesome products that conform to federal safety guidelines.

ever since buying a bottle of apple juice only to notice when I got it home that the apples came from china, I've been a a label reader.

where did the juice in question originate?

Also: why in the heck are we buying apples from china? Don't we live in the land of Johnny Appleseed?

I don't even like kids. Seriously. However, most normal people accept that NO LEAD is a reasonable amount for juice products, especially those marketed to children. You know, those with delicate developing brains.
I know you're just doing your job, along with the pro HFCS folk that love to pop up here. I hope you get paid enough. Really.
Don't fret though, most people don't read enough to know a damn bit of difference in any case.

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Richard Gorelick was appointed The Baltimore Sun's restaurant critic in September 2010. Before joining the paper staff fulltime, he contributed freelance criticism and features articles about food to area and regional publications. Along the way, he dispatched for short-distance trucking companies, shilled for cultural non-profits, and assisted in cognitive neurology research – never the subject, always the control.

He takes restaurants seriously but not himself, and his favorite restaurant is the one you love, too.

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