Dr's Oz and Besser debate apple juice study

September 15, 2011 4:45:32 PM PDT
ABC News Health and Medical Editor Dr. Richard Besser, and Dr. Mehmet Oz got into a heated discussion over apple juice on Good Morning America, Thursday.

Dr. Besser confronted Dr. Oz about comments made on "The Dr. Oz Show" Wednesday over a study of arsenic in apple juice.

In the study, Dr. Oz said he found trace levels of arsenic present in many popular brands of apple juice. Scientists, and juice manufacturers said the results of the porgram were misleading and needlessly frightening to consumers.


"Mehmet, I'm very upset about this, I think that this was extremely irresponsible," Besser said on Thursday's Good Morning America. "It reminds me of yelling fire in a movie theater."

"I'm not fear-mongering," Oz fired back. "We did our homework on this risk."

The FDA says the lab methods were not appropriate and that its own tests show much lower arsenic levels. The agency warned the show's producers in advance that their testing was misleading.

On the show, Dr. Oz said a New Jersey laboratory tested "three dozen samples from five different brands of apple juice across three American cities" and compared the levels of arsenic to the limits of arsenic for drinking water set by the Environmental Protection Agency. They found 10 samples of juice with arsenic levels higher than the limits for water.

The show's experiment tested samples of apple juice made by Minute Maid, Apple and Eve, Mott's, Gerber, and Juicy Juice.