Baby foods test positive for arsenic and lead

A new study by a watchdog organization is getting a lot of media attention because it found that most baby foods and formulas contain at least trace amounts of contaminates - including lead, arsenic, cadmium and acrylamides - that can be unsafe to children in large doses.

From a study conducted by Jaclyn Bowen, executive director of Clean Label Project and a food safety scientist, it was found that rice-based baby food such as snack puffs had some of the highest levels of arsenic. In this research it was found that 89 percent of grape juice samples, 86 percent of sweet potatoes samples and 47 percent of teething biscuits samples contained detectable levels of lead.

Various baby and infant food products recently tested positive for arsenic and other toxic chemicals. All we know at this point is that some products tested positive for the above-mentioned chemicals.

Popular baby brands like Healthy Times, Organix, Gerber, Earth's Best, and Parent's Choice made the list for five worst offenders. Out of the total 530 baby food products which were tested, more than 65% of them reported the presence of harmful chemicals. "Baby food and formula on the market by well-respected companies have a history of being both safe and nourishing".

The World Health Organization labeled arsenic as one of 10 chemicals that are a major public health concern. Conversely, the brand report card of Nosh! showed 1.4 stars, while Little Duck Organics got a rating of two stars.


The Clean Label Project's mission is for the baby industry to become more transparent in their labels. Rice often absorbs arsenic from contaminated soil as it grows in the environment.

According to Dr. Keith Ayoob, Associate Clinical Professor at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York City, the numbers presented by the Clean Label Project probably don't mean much.

Since it was about the foods fed to the most vulnerable population in the United States, families across the country were concerned.

In 2016, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration proposed a limit of 100 parts per billion of arsenic in infant rice cereal, but isn't enforcing that limit.


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