Huge Recall; Arsenic Poisoning Risk


( – Martinelli’s has initiated a recall for a specific lot of its high-end apple juice distributed in major U.S. retailers such as Target, Whole Foods, and Publix due to the presence of inorganic arsenic levels surpassing the regulatory standards of the US Food and Drug Administration.

The recall pertains to one-liter bottles marked with a “best by” date of either March 9, 2026, or March 20, 2026, as reported by USA Today and The New York Post.

Details regarding the quantity of products affected by the recall were not immediately available.

These bottles, priced at approximately $18 each, have been available for purchase at additional chains, including Kroger and Winn-Dixie, and were shipped to these outlets between March 13, 2023, and September 27, 2023.

Following tests conducted by the State of Maryland on this specific batch, elevated levels of inorganic arsenic were discovered, exceeding the recommended limits.

The World Health Organization has identified inorganic arsenic as a potent carcinogen capable of causing acute arsenic poisoning, marked by “immediate symptoms” such as “vomiting, abdominal pain and diarrhea.”

“These are followed by numbness and tingling of the extremities, muscle cramping and death, in extreme cases,” the WHO elaborated.

In communication with grocery retailers, Watsonville, California-based Martinelli’s assured that there have been no reported illnesses tied to this recall.

“Please immediately discontinue distributing and selling the identified lot of the one-liter bottles of Martinelli’s Apple Juice by examining your inventory,” the company declared in the warning note.

This recall follows the FDA’s recent adjustment of the permissible inorganic arsenic level in apple juice from 23 parts per billion to 10 ppb, aligning it with the standards for water.

Notably, the Maryland Department of Health found the arsenic content in the tested batch to be 11.6 ppb, marginally above the newly established threshold.

Meanwhile, PepsiCo, another prominent beverage company, has also been dealing with labeling issues.

The company recently recalled its Schweppes Zero Sugar Ginger Ale after discovering it contained sugar, contrary to its label.

Shortly thereafter, PepsiCo withdrew more than 2,000 cases of Mug Root Beer from the market due to mislabeling; the cases contained Mug Zero Sugar root beer instead of the regular version.

This recall affected 2,801 12-pack cases distributed across several states including Arkansas and Texas, with each case marked with a “best by” date of July 22, 2024. Following these incidents, PepsiCo confirmed that no affected products remain available for sale.

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