Martinelli’s Apple Juice Recalled Over 'Elevated' Arsenic Levels in More Than 30 States

Nearly 25,000 cases of Martinelli’s Gold Medal Apple Juice are reportedly affected

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Martinelli's Gold Medal Apple Juice

Almost 25,000 cases of Martinelli’s apple juice have been recalled.

On April 16, S. Martinelli & Co. recalled a batch of its Martinelli’s Gold Medal Apple Juice due to “elevated” levels of inorganic arsenic, according to a notice from the company shared by United Natural Foods, Inc. (UNFI), along with reports from Food Safety News.

According to Food Safety News, a total of 24,519 cases are affected across 34 different states, including everywhere from Alaska and Arkansas to Florida and Pennsylvania.

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Per the company's notice, the recall affects a single lot of one-liter apple juice bottles with “best by” dates of March 9, 2026 and March 10, 2026.

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In the same notice, S. Martinelli & Co. said that the recall is “a result of sampling by the State of Maryland.”

The state discovered that samples from the recalled lot “tested above the guidance action level for inorganic arsenic in apple juice set by the FDA [U.S. Food and Drug Administration] in June 2023.”

In a statement to PEOPLE, the company shared details about the recall.

“At S. Martinelli & Company, we hold ourselves to the highest standards of excellence, and the health and safety of our customers remains our greatest priority,” the statement began. “In full cooperation with the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA), we issued a voluntary recall; we will continue to cooperate with the FDA on any further direction, beyond what was already sent out to our retail customers."

The statement continued: "We have not had any reported health issues related to the voluntary recall."

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Inorganic arsenic levels should be no more than 10 parts per billion — the same standard for water — in the beverage, according to guidance the FDA finalized last summer. The parameters “reduce exposure to environmental contaminants from foods commonly consumed by babies and young children.”

The Maryland Department of Health found that the recalled bottles of Martinelli’s Gold Medal Apple Juice contained 11.6 parts per billion of inorganic arsenic.

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In the guidelines, the FDA states that arsenic “may be present in food because it is in the environment where foods are grown, raised, or processed.” It can “occur naturally or may be present due to human activity” — and it is “not possible to entirely remove.”

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