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Members of the Children’s Environmental Health Center Publish Investigation into Childhood Apple Products Consumption and Arsenic Exposure.

Detectable levels of arsenic can be present in apple-based products commonly consumed by infants and young children. However, the association between apple products consumption and exposure to arsenic during childhood is not well-characterized. Post-Doctoral Fellow Antonio Signes-Pastor, and colleagues, have investigated the association between apple products consumption among one-year-old infants participating in the New Hampshire Birth Cohort Study and their urinary arsenic as exposure biomarker. They found little evidence that elevated urinary arsenic concentrations were related to ingestion of apple juice, apple puree, whole apples or products mixed with apples. Nonetheless, the authors highlighted the need to continue monitoring and reducing arsenic exposure during the vulnerable developmental window of infancy and early childhood. You can read the paper here.