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Arsenic Found In Baby Food

Arsenic Found In Baby Food

Arsenic Found In Baby Food

Over five months, the group tested more than 500 products, which included snacks, formulas and foods.

The researchers noticed that the toxic chemicals like arsenic, lead and other are present in the baby products like snacks, drinks, and infant formulas.

Almost 80 percent of infant formulas tested positive for arsenic, and 60 percent of products claiming to be BPA free tested positive for BPA. Even 60% of the "BPA free" products were contaminated with bisphenol A, another harmful industrial chemical.

It also stated that some products labelled certified organic had higher amounts of mercury and lead than conventional baby foods. It's great if the study spurs a conversation about chemicals in our food supply, but there's no reason to stop buying baby food or formula entirely.

Arsenic does have the potential to be toxic but, as the World Health Organization explains, it is "a natural component of the earth's crust and is widely distributed throughout the environment in the air, water and land". All these brands scored a two out of five on the non-profit organization's toxicity report card.

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The study was conducted by Clean Label Project.

Arsenic in rice cereals is not surprising. The organization has not shared insights into the actual levels of contamination they found inside of the tested products. "There are a lot of troubling news stories about arsenic in baby rice cereal and lead in water, as well as pesticides, antibiotic resistance and additives in foods", Clean Label Project wrote on its site. There are strict regulations on lead, though many experts think those need updating because no amount of lead is safe.

According to environmental protection agency, low levels of lead in children's blood have been connected to lower IQs, slowed growth, behavioral problems, hearing issues and anemia.

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

Some 65 percent of baby food products in the United States - 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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