Arsenic: Baby Food Study Finds 65 Percent of It Contains Chemical

Arsenic: Baby Food Study Finds 65 Percent of It Contains Chemical
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65%  of baby food brands were positive when tested for arsenic, and smaller percentages as well had lead, cadmium, and BPA, according to a new study.

While the quantities of the chemicals diverse extensively, some products were positive for up to 600 parts per billion of arsenic, which is far more than a trace amount.

The study by the Clean Label Project examined 530 baby food products and reported famous brands such as Gerber, Plum Organics, Enfamil, and Sprout were amongst the worst offenders.

According to this study, 60% of products that stated that are BPA-free, tested positive for the chemical.

Arsenic: Baby Food Study Finds 65 Percent of It Contains Chemical

Arsenic: Baby Food Study Finds 65 Percent of It Contains Chemical

Not to mention the infant formulas. Even 80% of the tested products contained some level of arsenic, the study established.

The Clean Label Project is a nonprofit organization that lobbies for transparent food labeling. The chemicals discovered in baby food and formula can have a great negative effect on babies’ development, including fine motor skills and cognition, pediatrician and toxicologist at Children’s Mercy Hospital in Kansas Jennifer Lowry said, USA Today reported. Lowry was not associated with the study.

Infant foods that are rice based, had some of the highest levels of arsenic since that chemical is absorbed with no trouble from soil into the rice. The USFDA has attempted to limit arsenic levels in infant rice cereal to 100 parts per billion but this limit isn’t yet obligatory.

Arsenic: Baby Food Study Finds 65 Percent of It Contains Chemical

Arsenic: Baby Food Study Finds 65 Percent of It Contains Chemical

Clean Label Project Executive Director Jaclyn Bowen stated she wants to see parents use the study data to better support for their children’s health and work for revolutionizing in the baby food business, USA Today reported.

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