Martinelli’s Gold Medal Apple Juice Recalled Due to Elevated Arsenic Levels

May 8, 2024 USA


S. Martinelli & Company, based in Watsonville, CA, has issued a nationwide recall of nearly 25,000 cases of Martinelli’s Gold Medal Apple Juice due to concerns over elevated levels of inorganic arsenic. The recall, initiated on April 16, 2024, is ongoing and aims to safeguard consumer health.

The recall affects Martinelli’s Gold Medal Apple Juice From U.S. Grown Fresh Apples in 1-liter (33.8 fl oz.) bottles, with no additives of any kind. The affected products were distributed in various states across the United States and internationally in Panama.

Product Information:

  • UPC: 0 00 41244 00102 6
  • Product Quantity: 24,519 cases or 147,114 units
  • Best By Dates: 09MAR2026 and 10MAR2026
  • Production Dates: March 9, 2023, and March 10, 2023
  • Pallet/Batch Numbers: Extensive list provided in the recall notice

Health Concerns:

Current research indicates that inorganic arsenic is more dangerous than organic arsenic and the health effects from exposure are more severe. Organic arsenic compounds contain arsenic with carbon; and are not related to organic farming practices.

Exposure to high levels of arsenic during times of active brain development is associated with adverse neurological effects such as learning disabilities, behavior difficulties, and lowered IQ. Fetuses, infants, and children are particularly vulnerable to the potential harmful effects from arsenic exposure because of their smaller body sizes and rapid metabolism and growth.

For adults, long-term exposure to inorganic arsenic has been associated with skin disorders and increased risks for skin, bladder, and lung cancers, and for cardiovascular disease. For people of all ages, short-term exposure to very high amounts of inorganic arsenic can result in nausea, vomiting, bruising, and numbness or burning sensations in the hands and feet.

Consumer Guidance: Consumers are strongly advised not to consume the recalled Martinelli’s Gold Medal Apple Juice. Instead, they should discard the product or return it to the place of purchase for a full refund.

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