The comment period on a move to limit levels of inorganic arsenic in apple juice has been extended by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
The draft guidance proposes a level of 10 parts per billion (ppb) which is the same level set by the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for arsenic in drinking water.
Although it is not legally binding the FDA takes action levels into account when considering enforcement action if it finds a product on sale that exceeds the threshold.
The agency said it had extended the comment period deadline in response to a request for an extension to allow interested persons additional time to submit comments.
The new deadline is 12 November 2013 to the rule which was proposed in July .