By Elise Viebeck - 07/12/13 06:17 PM EDT
"We decided to put forward this proposed action level to give guidance to industry and to assure ongoing safety and quality."
In a notice, the FDA described the risks of exposure to inorganic arsenic, which include skin lesions, developmental problems, diabetes and other conditions. The compound has been classified as a carcinogen.
Democrats in Congress praised the FDA's decision.
"This guidance is a welcome step in the right direction to help ensure parents don’t have to worry when giving their child a cup of juice," Sen. Richard BlumenthalRichard Blumenthal'Power problem' grounds southern Florida flights Dem senator's daughter could face Congress over EpiPen price hike Airlines brace for boost in travel volumes over Labor Day MORE (D-Conn.) said in a statement.
He added that the FDA should issue a formal rule on the new standards.