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There’s no place for poison in juice boxes!

By Lauren | January 24, 2012

Righteous indignation often strikes me as misplaced and sometimes even a little silly. When people start posturing they usually stop listening, so it can be very hard to have a real conversation with someone who’s up on his or her high horse. Nonetheless, I’m about to climb onto mine, and here’s why.

Change.org is a wonderful website that offers people the opportunity to sign petitions about topics that are of interest to them. It’s also a great source of information about things that really shouldn’t be happening, and here’s one especially dreadful example. Change.org recently invited me to sign a petition urging the Food and Drug Administration to limit the amounts of arsenic and lead in children’s juice boxes. Reportedly, a new investigation by Consumer Reports found that roughly 10 percent of the apple and grape juice boxes it sampled “had arsenic levels exceeding federal drinking water standards, and one in four had lead levels higher than the bottled water limit.”

Ye gods.

Yes, the FDA should do something about the levels of poison in juice that’s specifically packaged for consumption by kids. I’m appalled that it hasn’t done so already. But I’m even more disgusted that any company that markets juice to children wouldn’t act on its own to remove unsafe levels of arsenic and lead. Have American corporations really become so addicted to profit that they won’t even spend a little extra money to protect kids from obvious poisons in their products? The FDA should blush at its failure to police juice box producers, but the producers themselves should be burning with shame.

Please join me in signing the petition by clicking here.

Topics: Business Ethics, corporate responsibility, customer relations, ethics, Social Ethics | No Comments »