Non-profit publishes study showing many baby foods contaminated

Non-profit publishes study showing many baby foods contaminated

Earlier this week the internet was taken by storm when a new study suggested that 80 percent of baby foods and infant formulas contain "alarming" amounts of arsenic, lead, and other unsafe chemicals.

The Clean Label Project also reported that, in looking only at the infant formulas they tested, 80 percent of them contained higher than acceptable levels of arsenic.

Researchers found arsenic in 65% of baby food products; cadmium in 58 percent of the products; and lead in 36 percent of the products.

Two-thirds of baby food in the United States tested positive for arsenic and other unsafe toxins, a study claims.

They also found that 60 per cent of products with "BPA free" labels in fact tested positive for bisphenol A, an industrial chemical which is used to make plastic.

According to USA Today, leading brands like Gerber, Plum Organics, Enfamil, and Sprout performed worst in the Clean Label Project report. A study by the Environmental Defense Fund released earlier this year found that 20 percent of baby food samples contained lead compared to 14 percent of other foods.

A new report has been released on what unsafe chemicals may be inside baby foods and infant formulas. The World Health Organization states that arsenic can lead to developmental defects, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, neurotoxicity and cancer.

Arsenic was the most common contaminate spotted in the Clean Label Project study.

A non-profit group called Clean Label Project has been working in conjunction with an accredited lab in Denver to take a closer look at baby food. In 2016, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration proposed a limit of 100 parts per billion of arsenic in infant rice cereal, but not enforcing that limit.

This isn't the first time lead has been found in baby foods. Rice often absorbs arsenic from contaminated soil as it grows in the environment. No amount of lead is safe, but it's not regulated.

A recent study conducted by Clean Label Project revealed that many baby food products bought in the last five months tested positive for arsenic and other toxic chemicals.

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

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