80 percent of baby food contains unsafe chemicals

80 percent of baby food contains unsafe chemicals

80 percent of baby food contains unsafe chemicals

A new study by a watchdog organization is getting a lot of media attention because it found that most baby foods and formulas contain at least trace amounts of contaminates - including lead, arsenic, cadmium and acrylamides - that can be risky to children in large doses.

The Clean Label Project also reported that, in looking only at the infant formulas they tested, 80 percent of them contained higher than acceptable levels of arsenic. The same study determined 80 percent of baby formula contains the deadly poison as well.

Various baby and infant food products recently tested positive for arsenic and other toxic chemicals.

Mainstream brands including Gerber, Enfamil, Plum Organics and Sprout were among the worst offenders - scoring two out of five in the Clean Label Project's report card for toxic metals.

The study also found 36 percent of baby food products tested had detectable levels of lead, 58 percent had detectable levels of cadmium and 10 percent had detectable levels of acrylamides. 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. The Environmental Defense Fund found 20% of 2,164 baby food samples tested contained lead few months ago.

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Clean Label Project opined that what was not on the label was sometimes what was most important. In 2016, the FDA recommended that rice cereal should not contain more arsenic than 100 parts per billion though this was a suggestion to manufacturers that the agency does not enforce.

The findings also suggested that baby foods today had 70 per cent more acrylamide than the average French fry, a chemical which has been linked to brain damage and reproductive challenges.

Arsenic in rice cereals is not surprising.

Since it was about the foods fed to the most vulnerable population in the United States, families across the country were concerned. While no amount of lead is safe, the contaminant is not regulated.

The nonprofit, which advocates for transparent labeling of products, looked at the top-selling formulas and baby food as well as emerging national brands based on Nielsen data.

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