Baby foods test positive for arsenic and lead

Baby foods test positive for arsenic and lead

Baby foods test positive for arsenic and lead

Two-thirds of baby food in the United States has tested positive for arsenic and other risky toxins, according to a new study.

The Clean Label Project, a nonprofit group that focuses on transparency in product labeling, conducted the study.

Their research found many mainstream brands of baby foods were contaminated with harmful elements, like lead and arsenic.

Various baby and infant food products recently tested positive for arsenic and other toxic chemicals. And 60 percent of products that claimed to be "BPA-free" actually tested positive for, you guessed it, BPA.

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. Out of the total 530 baby food products which were tested, more than 65% of them reported the presence of harmful chemicals. We want to reassure parents that the health and safety of babies is our number one priority, which is why we never compromise on the quality of our formulas and foods for babies and toddlers.

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The Clean Label Project's mission is for the baby industry to become more transparent in their labels. But a deeper look into the research put forth by this study proves it may be more sensational than informative.

A Forbes article published in 2014, listed 11 different chemicals that affected baby's brain development, and both arsenic and lead were present on the list. The U.S Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 2016 proposed a limit of 100 parts per billion of arsenic in infant rice cereal, which means the chemicals detected were not mere trace amounts.

Low levels of lead in children's blood have been connected to lower IQs, slowed growth, behavioral problems, hearing issues and anemia, according to the Environmental Protection Agency.

Some 65 percent of baby food products in the USA - including four out of five baby formulas - contain traces of the toxin arsenic, a new study has found, but officials say there is little they can do to remove substances that could harm developing infants.

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