Dr. Oz investigation into apple juice prompts national reaction; some accuse Oz of 'fear mongering'

In the second episode of his new TV show's new season on Tuesday, Dr. Mehmet Oz warned parents about the dangers in apple juice.

The "comprehensive investigation" from the Dr. Oz Show found that the arsenic levels in some brands of apple juice made them unsafe for consumption. The investigation sparked an outcry from parents across the country, and promoted a response from the FDA and apple juice manufacturers.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration refuted the report and said that all brands of apple juice are safe. The FDA said that the Dr. Oz Show tested total levels of arsenic, rather than comparing levels of organic and inorganic arsenic.

Medical experts say that inorganic arsenic can be harmful, but organic arsenic—which is found in apple juice—is safe. The problem with the Oz Show study, the FDA says, is that it failed to differentiate between the safe and harmful kinds of arsenic.

On Thursday, ABC News' medical expert Dr. Richard Besser criticized Dr. Oz on Good Morning America, accusing him of "fear mongering."  

"I'm really upset about this," Besser said to Oz. "I think this was extremely irresponsible, putting out this kind of a health warning, manufacturing a health crisis based on faulty, incomplete data. This fear mongering reminds me of yelling ‘fire' in a movie theater."

Dr. Oz stood by his report, but also said that he still recommends drinking apple juice.

"We did our homework on this. We spent a lot of time making sure we got our numbers right," Oz said. "Bottom line, I would not take apple juice out of my kids' containers right now."

Oz and Besser debated the accuracy of the apple juice investigation, and Oz argued that the assumption that organic arsenic is safe is a faulty idea.

"There is a lot of debate over the safety of organic arsenic," Oz said. "It is misleading to claim that all organic arsenic is safe."

Oz explained that he does not recommend that consumers stop drinking apple juice, but is speaking about the long-term affects the arsenic could have on Americans' health.

Besser responded with more criticism.

"You are still implying that drinking apple juice is exposing children to toxic arsenic, and you haven't even done that test," Besser argued.

So what do you think? Has the Dr. Oz investigation made you concerned about giving apple juice to you children? Do you think Dr. Oz is fear mongering? Comment below or on our Facebook wall and weigh in on the issue.

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