Schumer wants the FDA to more carefully regulate apple juice

The senior senator from New York noted a controversy recently kicked off by television personality Dr. Mehmet Oz, who claimed an independent lab encountered elevated levels of arsenic in some American apple juices.

Schumer announced on Sunday he wrote a letter to FDA Administrator Margaret Hamburg asking her to direct her agency to more carefully monitor arsenic which can be harmful over the long term. 

"In a letter to FDA Administrator Dr. Margaret Hamburg, Schumer called for the FDA to put in place new standards for toxic, inorganic arsenic in fruit juice concentrates," said a statement released by Schumer's office.

Schumer said despite the controversy, however, he has full confidence in the safety of apple juice, and drinks it himself.

"The juice we drink is safe," Schumer said. "There's no reason to stop drinking it. I drink it. My family drinks it. We're going to continue to drink it."

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