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Illegal Levels of Lead Found in Juice Drinks and Fruit Cups

Posted Jun 10 2010 12:00am

Lead exceeding California’s legal limit was found in dozens of popular juice and fruit products, according to the Environmental Law Foundation .

Drinks in violation included Earth’s Best Organics Apple Juice, Hansen Natural Apple Juice, Safeway 100% Juice Apple Cider and Trader Joe's Certified Organic (pasteurized) Apple Juice.

One of the drinks we have in the house for Shabbat – Kedem Concord Grape Juice 100% pure grape juice – is on the list. While we don’t have packaged pears, peaches and fruit cocktail in our house, several dozen products were on the high lead list.

The complete list of products tested can be found here , as well as on the jump. The products, which are in violation of California’s Prop 65, were found to contain more than 0.5 micrograms of lead.

The Environmental Law Foundation has submitted the drinks in violation to the California Attorney General and 58 county district attorneys hoping the government will take action. If California drops the ball, though, ELF plans to file a lawsuit in 60 days, according to the group’s press release.

This report has been slow to show up in the mainstream press, but you can listen to this KQED radio report for more information.

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