65 percent of baby products tested in study had arsenic in them

by Noah Mcgee October 28, 2017, 0:38
65 percent of baby products tested in study had arsenic in them

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 unsafe to children in large doses. It might be frightening to read that "nearly 80% of baby formula samples tested positive for arsenic", but without knowing the levels of arsenic, it is impossible to determine if the amount in baby formula is unsafe.

Arsenic and lead were found in infant and baby formulas a study found Wednesday. 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.

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. The organization has not shared insights into the actual levels of contamination they found inside of the tested products.

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

Cadmium can cause neurological and kidney damage, according to the World Health Organization.

The non-profit organization tested top-selling formulas and a number of national brands over five months.

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This study was conducted by the Clean Label Project, a Denver-based advocacy group that is pushing for more transparency in how consumer products are labeled.

Arsenic in rice cereals is not surprising. 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.

According to Dr. Keith Ayoob, Associate Clinical Professor at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York City, the numbers presented by the Clean Label Project probably don't mean much.

This isn't the first time lead has been found in baby foods.

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

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