Study finds arsenic, lead in baby food, infant formulas

Study finds arsenic, lead in baby food, infant formulas

Study finds arsenic, lead in baby food, infant formulas

A study by the Clean Label Project has revealed two-thirds of baby food in United States has tested positive for arsenic and other risky toxins.

An alarming new study in the Clean Label Project in Denver, Colorado, inspected more than 530 baby foods for toxin test. 65% found that the products tested positive for arsenic, a metalloid that can cause cancer, cardiovascular diseases and many other health issues affecting child's motor skills and cognition.

The Clean Label Project, a nonprofit group that focuses on transparency in product labeling, conducted the study. However, we don't know how much was found in any product, because while The Clean Label Project has ranked the products in an infographic on its site, the organization has not released any specific data. 36% of those foods tested for lead, 58% for cadmium and 10% for acrylamide. Plus, 60% of products claiming to be "BPA free" tested positive for the industrial chemical bisphenol A. The quantities of contaminates range, but some products tested positive for up to 600 parts of arsenic per billion. Hence certain rules and regulations should be laid on these baby food and infant formulas products to reduce its toxic effects and also provide optimum health benefits.

When it came to the formulas, the study found nearly 80 percent tested positive for arsenic. This was already found in baby food before.

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Popular brands like Healthy Times, Organix, Gerber, Earth's Best and Parent's Choice made the list of the five worst offenders.

The Clean Label Project's mission is for the baby industry to become more transparent in their labels.

Arsenic and cadmium are naturally occurring elements found in soil, water and air, so it is not surprising that they are found in food. No amount of lead is safe, but it's not regulated.

Common baby food product brands were rated from one to five stars according to toxic metals, by product contaminants, process contaminants, and nutritional superiority. A report published in June that analyzed 11 years of Food and Drug Administration (FDA) data found lead in 20% of baby food samples - higher than other types of food.

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