Study offers troubling information about baby food products

Posted October 28, 2017

In this research it was found that 89 percent of grape juice samples, 86 percent of sweet potatoes samples and 47 percent of teething biscuits samples contained detectable levels of lead.

Arsenic and lead were found in infant and baby formulas a study found Wednesday. Sixty percent of the formulas that claimed to be BPA free tested positive for BPAs.

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.

A new report has been released on what unsafe chemicals may be inside baby foods and infant formulas.

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Arsenic does have the potential to be toxic but, as the World Health Organization explains, it is "a natural component of the earth's crust and is widely distributed throughout the environment in the air, water and land".

The non-profit organization tested top-selling formulas and a number of national brands over five months. The FDA had previously looked into the impact of arsenic in rice-based baby foods and even rice puffs.

A list of the all the products tested and their ratings can be found on the Clean Label project website. The organization tests products in various categories (thus far they have tested pet food and baby food) for contaminates and then rates them on a five-star scale, with five stars representing the "purest".

Arsenic and cadmium are naturally occurring elements found in soil, water and air, so it is not surprising that they are found in food.

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"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", Peter Cassell, a FDA spokesperson.

The other toxic chemicals reported were lead which can cause hearing disability, anemia, behavioral issues, and learning problems.

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

Dr. Jennifer Lowry, a pediatrician and toxicologist and the head the American Academy of Pediatrics' Council on Environmental Health, told What to Expect that she really couldn't comment on the results of this study because she hasn't seen the data: "Parents are going to freak out".

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