Study finds arsenic, BPA and lead in baby food products

A baby holds a bottle and sits in a high chair

A baby holds a bottle and sits in a high chair

All of those chemicals pose potential dangers to developing infants.

The Clean Label Project, an advocacy group pressing for more transparency in labeling, released a study Wednesday that 80% of infant formulas they tested were contaminated.

Two-thirds of baby food in the United States has tested positive for arsenic and other unsafe toxins, according to a new study. One of the products that tested highest for arsenic were the rice-based snack puffs that toddlers all seem to love so much.

According to the Clean Label Project, 36 percent of the items it examined tested positive for lead, 58 percent tested positive for cadmium, and 10 percent tested positive for acrylamides, a potentially toxic chemical compound.

According to USA Today, leading brands like Gerber, Plum Organics, Enfamil, and Sprout performed worst in the Clean Label Project report.

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In October 2017, several news organizations reported that an "alarming", "scary" and "staggering" study had found widespread chemical contaminants in baby food.

The FDA has recommended a limit of 100 parts per billion of arsenic in infant rice cereal, but has not made its recommendation compulsory for manufacturers.

A new report has been released on what unsafe chemicals may be inside baby foods and infant formulas. Researchers reportedly found that 65 percent of the foods contained detectable levels of arsenic.

The study also found more than half of the products tested also contained cadmium, a metal found in batteries. While no amount of lead is safe, the contaminant is not regulated. And even low levels of lead have been linked to low IQs, hearing issues, anemia and behavioral problems.

Firstly, the Clean Label Project did not publish their research in a peer-reviewed journal, and had not published any data to substantiate its claims at press time. The executive of Clean Label Project, Jaclyn Bowen, expressed serious concerns over the matter, saying "The baby industry needs to do a better job in protecting America's most vulnerable population".

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