Two-thirds of baby food tests positive for arsenic

Two-thirds of baby food tests positive for arsenic

Ronald Pratt
October 28, 2017

A new study released Wednesday found that an alarming number of popular baby food and formula products contained lead, arsenic and BPA-including 80 percent of infant formula which tested positive for arsenic.

You can find a complete list of the products the Clean Label Project tested and graded on its website here.

The study found 65 percent of baby food products tested had detectable levels of arsenic, and almost 80 percent of infant formula samples tested positive for arsenic.

Two-thirds of baby food in the United States tested positive for arsenic and other risky toxins, a study claims. Sixty percent of the formulas that claimed to be BPA free tested positive for BPAs.

As part of its Total Diet Study, the FDA carefully tests and monitors the levels of various potentially harmful chemical elements and industrial contaminants in a range of foodstuffs, including baby foods.

A new report has been released on what unsafe chemicals may be inside baby foods and infant formulas. Conversely, the brand report card of Nosh! showed 1.4 stars, while Little Duck Organics got a rating of two stars.

According to CBS contributors, more than one third of the tested products had lead in them.

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The study was conducted by the Clean Label Project, a non-profit organization seeking to foster consumer transparency.

The Clean Label Project released a staggering report Thursday that two-thirds of all baby food in the United States tested positive for arsenic. Government health officials have imposed an arsenic limit of 100 parts per billion in rice and infant rice cereals.

Arsenic in rice cereals is not surprising.

The common chemicals which were present were arsenic, cadmium, lead, and acrylamide.

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

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".

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