Sunday, 19 November, 2017

Study Found That Formula in Baby Food Tested Positive For Arsenic,…

A baby holds a bottle and sits in a high chair A baby holds a bottle and sits in a high chair
Sammy Stanley | 27 October, 2017, 00:29

65 percent of all of the products tested positive for arsenic. Several studies have shown that babies exposed to greater quantities of the poison go on to develop lower IQ and motor skills, but it has been impossible to determine at what threshold the damage occurs, and if there is any amount of arsenic that is safe.

On Wednesday, an alarming report revealed that a major section of infant foods, snacks, and formulas contain a considerable level of poisonous elements like arsenic and lead.

The Clean Label Project conducted a five-month study on 500 infant formulas, drinks and food products that covered 60 top brands. For more information about the Clean Label Project look here.

All of these chemicals can potentially affect infant development.

According to the study, the products that scored the worst included popular baby brands Enfamil, Gerber, Plum Organics and Sprout.

Rice-based infant foods had some of the highest levels of arsenic because that chemical is absorbed easily from soil into the rice, USA Today reported. The toxin is associated with developmental defects, cardiovascular disease, neurotoxicity, diabetes and even cancer, according to the World Health Organization.

This isn't the first time lead has been found in baby foods.

According to environmental protection agency, low levels of lead in children's blood have been connected to lower IQs, slowed growth, behavioral problems, hearing issues and anemia.

The Clean Label Project posted and graded the products on its website but did not publish its findings in a peer-reviewed journal. Bowen said that she is expecting parents to become good counsellor in taking care of children's health and refine the baby's food business.

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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