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Consumer Reports lays down the facts about Gluten


CR survey finds 63% of Americans believe a gluten-free diet would improve physical or mental health—but cutting gluten isn’t always more nutritious or better for most people

Consumer ReportsYonkers, NY – Gluten, a protein found in wheat, barley, and rye, has become the latest dietary villain, blamed for everything from forgetfulness to joint pain to weight gain.  But Consumer Reports (CR) is shedding light on common misconceptions about going gluten-free.

The report points out that a gluten-free claim doesn’t mean the product is necessarily more nutritious, it may actually be less so; that consumers may increase their exposure to arsenic by going gluten-free, and a gluten-free diet might cause weight gain—not weight loss. And, most gluten-free foods cost more than their regular counterparts. «Read the rest of this article»

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Consumer Reports Applauds FDA for Issuing Proposed Apple Juice Guidance


10 ppb Action Level for Arsenic Important First Step

Consumer ReportsYonkers, NY – “We are pleased to see the Food and Drug Administration taking this action,” says Dr. Urvashi Rangan, Director of Consumer Safety and Sustainability at Consumer Reports. ” Proposing a10 ppb guidance for apple juice—the same level set for water—is a reasonable first step in protecting consumers from unnecessary exposure to arsenic.”

“It also offers an important enforcement and accountability tool for regulators and a key benchmark for apple juice manufacturers,” said Rangan. «Read the rest of this article»

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Consumers Union presses FDA to end delays in limiting Arsenic Exposure through Food, Beverages


Consumers UnionWashington, D.C. – Consumers Union, the public policy and advocacy division of Consumer Reports, today sent a letter to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to express “deep concern” about the delays in the FDA’s work to limit consumers’ exposure to arsenic through food and beverages.

The group wrote, “We strongly urge the Agency to do all it can to ensure the release of its final guidance on arsenic in fruit juice so that consumers can begin to reduce their exposure to this contaminant.  We also urge the Agency to publicly release the results of its arsenic testing of 1,000 rice and rice product samples.  The release of these data will add to our understanding of consumer exposure to arsenic in rice, and we hope that it will also form the basis for FDA action to reduce the amount of arsenic in our diets.” «Read the rest of this article»

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Consumer Reports Investigation finds varying levels of Arsenic in Rice and Rice Products


Concerning levels of known human carcinogen found in tests of more than 200 samples

Consumer ReportsYonkers, NY – In Consumer Reports’ tests of more than 60 rice and rice products, inorganic arsenic, a known human carcinogen, was found in most of the name brand and other rice product samples. Levels varied, but were significant in some samples.

While there are federal limits for arsenic in drinking water, there aren’t many standards for arsenic in food. Earlier this year, Consumer Reports found worrisome levels of arsenic in apple and grape juices and called on the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to set limits for arsenic in those juices.

Consumer Report analysis found varying levels of arsenic in more than 60 rices and rice products.

Consumer Report analysis found varying levels of arsenic in more than 60 rices and rice products.

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Consumer Reports tests juices for arsenic and lead


Written by Andrea Rock
Consumer Reports

Yonkers, NY – The findings of a Consumer Reports investigation about arsenic and lead levels in apple juice and grape juice have prompted the organization to call for government standards to limit consumers’ exposure to these toxins.

The tests of 88 samples of apple juice and grape juice purchased in New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut by Consumer Reports staffers found that 10 percent of those samples had total arsenic levels exceeding federal drinking-water standards of 10 parts per billion (ppb) and 25 percent had lead levels higher than the 5 ppb limit for bottled water set by the Food and Drug Administration. Most of the arsenic detected in our tests was the type called inorganic, which is a human carcinogen. «Read the rest of this article»

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What you should know about CCA-Pressure Treated Wood


Guidance for Outdoor Wooden Structures
Decks • Playgrounds • Picnic Tables

U.S. Consumer Product Safety CommissionWashington, D.C. – What is CCA-treated wood? If your residential wood structure was built before 2004 and is not made of cedar or redwood, it was most likely constructed with wood pressure-treated with Chromated Copper Arsenate (CCA).

CCA is a chemical preservative comprised of arsenic, chromium, and copper. First produced decades ago, it was a major source of treated-wood for decks, playgrounds, and other outdoor residential structures until 2004.

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Wooden Playground Equipment

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