The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has filed a lawsuit alleging a company that supplied federal school lunch programs with juice sold juice with high levels of arsenic and other toxins, according to a report.

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As reported in the New York Times, the suit was filed against Valley Processing, food safety inspectors claimed they found high levels of arsenic in batches of apple and pear juice. Additionally, investigators also found high levels of toxins from moldy and rotting fruit.

Per the lawsuit, the company produced juice made from moldy fruit. “Defendants have an extensive history of processing juice under grossly insanitary conditions. During a 10-minute period at the June 2019 inspection, F.D.A. investigators observed approximately 46 apples that were visibly deteriorated with mold and rot pass through the sorting/culling critical control point,” the lawsuit said.

“Valley Processing is confident the juice sold by its customers was in full compliance with the F.D.A. guidance,” attorney Lillian Hardy told the Times, “Valley Processing did have recalls in 2019 and 2018 of apple juice it produced in 2018 and 2017, and in both instances, the company cooperated with the agency request.”

The company plans to shut down permanently in response to the lawsuit. Read more about school lunch in One Green Planet, check out these articles:

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