Baby foods and infant formulas found to contain arsenic and lead

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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 risky chemicals.

The Clean Label Project used Nielson data to determine the top selling baby foods and formulas and tested over 500 products including 80 types of formulas, 30 baby cereals, over 200 jars and pouches of baby food, 36 juices and 138 toddler snacks.

The researchers noticed that the toxic chemicals like arsenic, lead and other are present in the baby products like snacks, drinks, and infant formulas.

The Clean Label Project posted and graded the products on its website but did not publish its findings in a peer-reviewed journal. Out of the total 530 baby food products which were tested, more than 65% of them reported the presence of harmful chemicals.

Of the products that claim to be BPA-free, 60 percent were found positive for the industrial chemical bisphenol A. Hence certain rules and regulations should be laid on these baby food and infant formulas products to reduce its toxic effects and also provide optimum health benefits.

Almost 80 percent of infant formulas tested positive for arsenic, and 60 percent of products claiming to be BPA free tested positive for BPA.

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A new report has been released on what risky chemicals may be inside baby foods and infant formulas.

Most food manufacturers regularly screen for conventional contaminants like E. coli, salmonella, and listeria, but this new study looked at 130 different environmental contaminants from heavy metals and pesticides to antibiotics.

Cadmium can cause neurological and kidney damage, according to the World Health Organization.

This study was conducted by the Clean Label Project, a Denver-based advocacy group that is pushing for more transparency in how consumer products are labeled. Rice often absorbs arsenic from contaminated soil as it grows in the environment. We hear words like "arsenic" and "lead" and immediately think the absolute worst.

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

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