Popular baby food products test positive for arsenic, BPA, lead

Baby food products — including 80% of infant formulas — tested positive for arsenic according to the findings from a new study released Wednesday

New Study Reveals Popular Baby Foods and Formulas Contain Arsenic, Lead and BPA

A recent study of baby food found that an alarmingly high amount contain risky contaminants like arsenic and lead.

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. After testing all of the products for various "harmful" chemicals, the results apparently showed that 65 percent of the products tested positive for arsenic, 36 percent contained lead, 58 percent had cadmium, and 60 percent had BPA.

When it came to the formulas, the study found nearly 80 percent tested positive for arsenic.

It also stated that some products labelled certified organic had higher amounts of mercury and lead than conventional baby foods. The toxin is associated with developmental defects, cardiovascular disease, neurotoxicity, diabetes and even cancer, according to the World Health Organization.

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A list of the all the products tested and their ratings can be found on the Clean Label project website.

Arsenic and cadmium are naturally occurring elements found in soil, water and air, so it is not surprising that they are found in food.

In October 2017, several news organizations reported that an "alarming", "scary" and "staggering" study had found widespread chemical contaminants in baby food. However, we don't know how much was found in any product, because while The Clean Label Project has ranked the products in an infographic on its site, the organization has not released any specific data.

"It is important for consumers to understand that some contaminants, such as heavy metals like lead or arsenic, are in the environment and can not simply be removed from food", said Peter Cassell, an FDA spokesperson.

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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.

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

The Clean Label Project, a non-profit that advocates for transparent product labeling, tested about 530 of top-selling baby foods, formulas and snacks in a five-month study.

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