Published: Sat, October 28, 2017
Medicine | By Daryl Nelson

Baby foods test positive for arsenic and lead

Baby foods test positive for arsenic and lead

The Clean Label Project, a non-profit that advocates for transparent product labeling, tested about 530 of top-selling baby foods, formulas and snacks in a five-month study.

A new study shows many popular baby foods have tested positive for arsenic, which can be detrimental to children's development.

In the study, they tested over 500 baby food products including 86 infant formulas, 138 toddler snacks, 138 baby food pouches, and 30 baby cereals. What's more, nearly 80 percent of infant formula tested positive for traces of arsenic, while 60 percent of the products stating that they were "BPA free" actually tested positive for BPA.

The products at the bottom of the lists had 170 percent more arsenic, 35 percent more cadmium, 30 percent more lead, and 20 percent more acrylamide compared to the products at the top. Even 60% of the "BPA free" products were contaminated with bisphenol A, another harmful industrial chemical.

And over 35 percent of infant formula had some levels of lead.

This study was conducted by the Clean Label Project, a Denver-based advocacy group that is pushing for more transparency in how consumer products are labeled.

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The researchers also found that mainstream brands, which include Enfamil, Gerber, Plum Organics, and Sprout, were among the worst offenders that scored two out of five in the report card for toxic metals.

Two-thirds of baby food in the United States tested positive for arsenic and other risky toxins, a study claims. It's great if the study spurs a conversation about chemicals in our food supply, but there's no reason to stop buying baby food or formula entirely.

The World Health Organization labeled arsenic as one of 10 chemicals that are major public health concerns.

Arsenic in rice cereals is not surprising.

"It is important for consumers to understand that some contaminants, such as heavy metals like lead or arsenic, are in the environment and can not simply be removed from food", said Peter Cassell, an FDA spokesperson.

"The baby industry needs to do a better job in protecting America's most vulnerable population", Bowen said.

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