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July 1997 Issue

Does Calcium-Fortified Orange Juice, Like Supplements, Contain Lead?

Q. EN recently reported that some calcium supplements and antacids contained unacceptable levels of lead. Should I be concerned the same is true of calcium-fortified orange juice? A. As with calcium supplements and calcium-containing antacids, there's no need to panic. The lead concern arose when about one-third of 23 supplements recently tested by a consumer group were found to contain more than 4 micrograms of lead per daily dose. (See EN, April 1997.)

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