PLANO, Texas -- At Mott’s, nothing is more important to us than the well-being of the families who enjoy our brands every day. Moms have trusted Mott’s since 1842, and we stand by the quality and safety of our products.
Recent media reports regarding the presence of arsenic in apple juice have been irresponsible and have needlessly alarmed parents in the name of ratings. We understand that this has caused concern among our consumers and we want to make sure they have all the facts.
In addition to conducting our own testing, the FDA routinely inspects all food and beverage manufacturing facilities such as ours to ensure they meet government guidelines. Additionally, we source all our ingredients only from the most reputable businesses, each of which must first pass an extensive review process before being approved as a supplier for Mott’s.
It is important to know that trace elements, such as arsenic, naturally occur in the environment and are present at miniscule levels in drinking water and many of the agriculturally derived foods and beverages we safely consume – everything from dairy products, meat and whole fruits to vegetables and grains.
Twice in the past two years, there have been reports of trace amounts of arsenic in apple juice. In both cases, the FDA and nationally recognized independent labs tested the juice and found it to be completely safe. In fact, the FDA conducted testing at our Williamson facility just last month and found our products are safe and our operations are sound.
The FDA has also posted helpful information regarding this issue on its website, available here:
• FDA: Apple Juice is Safe to Drink http://www.fda.gov/ForConsumers/ConsumerUpdates/ucm271394.htm
• Apple Juice and Arsenic Q&A http://www.fda.gov/Food/ResourcesForYou/Consumers/ucm271595.htm
• Letter to Dr. Oz Show 9/9/11 http://www.fda.gov/Food/ResourcesForYou/Consumers/ucm271630.htm
• Letter to Dr. Oz Show 9/13/11 http://www.fda.gov/Food/ResourcesForYou/Consumers/ucm271632.htm