Target: U.S. Food and Drug Administration
Goal: Commend the FDA for setting a limit on inorganic arsenic, a potential carcinogen
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration recently announced that they had set a limit of 10 parts per billion for the amount of inorganic arsenic present in apple juice. Inorganic arsenic is a potential carcinogen that is often found in food, either as a natural mineral or as a result of pesticides containing the chemical. Other effects associated with inorganic arsenic intake include cardiovascular diseases, neurotoxicity, skin lesions, and diabetes.
FDA deputy commissioner for foods and veterinary medicine Michael Taylor says that action on such a high level will be able to effectively prevent apple juice with higher amounts of the chemical from appearing on the market.
Though many consumer groups applaud the effort, they believe that the limit on arsenic should be raised further. Reuters quotes Caroline DeWaal, the director of Center for Science in the Public Interest’s food safety department, as saying that the limit is still too low to adequately protect consumers.
By signing this petition you will help show appreciation toward the FDA’s efforts in limiting the potentially carcinogenic inorganic arsenic in our apple juice so that consumers can lead healthier lives.
To the U.S. Food and Drug Administration,
I have recently learned of the limit you implemented on inorganic arsenic in apple juice and I would like to thank you for your efforts in keeping consumers healthy. Inorganic arsenic has been linked to a variety of health problems like cardiovascular diseases and diabetes, and its occurrence in something as common as apple juice means that it has potential to widespread the harm. However, your regulation keeps unqualified apple juice out of the marketplace, effectively preventing consumers from ingesting too much of the damaging chemical.
However, consumer groups have also proposed setting even stricter limits on levels of inorganic arsenic in apple juice so that consumers are more fully protected from cancer and other serious diseases. This is especially important because apple juice is a common beverage given to children, whose smaller and younger bodies will have a lower level of toleration and resistance to the harms incurred by this chemical.
Again, we thank you for your efforts in restricting carcinogenic chemicals from common consumer products so that people across the nation can enjoy healthier and longer lives.
[Your Name Here]
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