'Alarming Study' on Chemicals in Baby Food Lacks Evidence

Frederick Owens
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.

In the study, they tested over 500 baby food products including 86 infant formulas, 138 toddler snacks, 138 baby food pouches, and 30 baby cereals.

Nealy 80 percent of formula tested positive for arsenic. Among the worst products were specific baby cereals made by Healthy Times, Organix, Gerber, Earth's Best, and Parent's Choice.

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.

They concluded their findings by identifying the top and bottom five cereals, formulas, snacks, drinks and jar meals in terms of risky chemical contents. The substance is one of the organization's 10 chemicals labeled as a major public health concern.

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The Clean Label Project's mission is for the baby industry to become more transparent in their labels. The organization tests products in various categories (thus far they have tested pet food and baby food) for contaminates and then rates them on a five-star scale, with five stars representing the "purest".

MORE | More information on the study can be found here. Rice often absorbs arsenic from contaminated soil as it grows in the environment.

The findings also suggested that baby foods today had 70 per cent more acrylamide than the average French fry, a chemical which has been linked to brain damage and reproductive challenges.

Low levels of lead in children's blood have been connected to lower IQs, slowed growth, behavioral problems, hearing issues and anemia, according to the Environmental Protection Agency.

According to the Clean Label Project, a nonprofit that advocates for product labeling transparency, a five-month study into hundreds of baby foods, formulas, and snacks has found that the vast majority contain some level of poisonous materials like arsenic or lead.

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