80 percent of baby food contains risky chemicals

Glen Mclaughlin
October 28, 2017

A new report released Wednesday found two-thirds of baby food in the United States may contain arsenic, lead and other risky toxins.

The Clean Label Project, a nonprofit group that focuses on transparency in product labeling, conducted the study. In this research it was found that 89 percent of grape juice samples, 86 percent of sweet potatoes samples and 47 percent of teething biscuits samples contained detectable levels of lead. Arsenic, a toxin associated with cardiovascular conditions, developmental defects, diabetes, neurotoxicity, skin lesions, and even cancer, was present in almost 80 percent of infant formulas. 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. More than a third of the popular baby foods tested positive for lead. The toxin is associated with developmental defects, cardiovascular disease, neurotoxicity, diabetes and even cancer, according to the World Health Organization. All these brands scored a two out of five on the non-profit organization's toxicity report card.

Clean Label Project opined that what was not on the label was sometimes what was most important.

Common baby food product brands were rated from one to five stars according to toxic metals, by product contaminants, process contaminants, and nutritional superiority.

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Since it was about the foods fed to the most vulnerable population in the United States, families across the country were concerned.

The Clean Label Project released a staggering report Thursday that two-thirds of all baby food in the U.S. tested positive for arsenic. Rice often absorbs arsenic from contaminated soil as it grows in the environment.

A Forbes article published in 2014, listed 11 different chemicals that affected baby's brain development, and both arsenic and lead were present on the list.

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".

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