"Arsenic in 80% of infant formula", finds study by Clean Label Project

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The researchers also found that mainstream brands, which include Enfamil, Gerber, Plum Organics, and Sprout, were among the worst offenders that scored two out of five in the report card for toxic metals.

The study was conducted with over 500 baby products from stores and the results are: arsenic 65%, lead 36%, cadmium 58%, and acrylamide 10%. While most samples contained only trace amounts of the toxins, some exceeded the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recommendations by up to six times.

Identifying the top and bottom five cereals, formulas, snacks, drinks and jar meals in terms of unsafe chemical contents Clean Label Project concluded their findings in the research.

Common baby food product brands were rated from one to five stars according to toxic metals, by product contaminants, process contaminants, and nutritional superiority. "There are a lot of troubling news stories about arsenic in baby rice cereal and lead in water, as well as pesticides, antibiotic resistance and additives in foods", Clean Label Project wrote on its site. This compound is largely present in baby products and infant formulas.

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




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.

Also in that study is lead. The highest levels of arsenic have been detected from rice-based baby foods.

A new report has been released on what unsafe chemicals may be inside baby foods and infant formulas. No amount of lead is safe, but it's not regulated. On the other hand, specific products from Peaceful Planet Toddler, Abbott EleCare, Happy Tot, Comforts For Toddler were at the bottom of the list. The problem, according to Dr. Lowry, is that we also get exposed to these contaminates from our water, our air, and other things in our environment so many of them are impossible to remove from your daily life entirely.

Of the products that claim to be BPA-free, 60 percent were found positive for the industrial chemical bisphenol A.

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