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 Blumenthal (D-Conn.) said in a statement.
He added that the FDA should issue a formal rule on the new standards.