Cadium, Lead and Arsenic Found in Baby Food
A new Consumer Reports released just today found worrisome levels of contaminants in baby and toddler food products.
- baby cereals;
- packaged fruits and vegetables;
- packaged entrees;
- snacks, such as puffs, rice rusks, cookies;
- and other foods often fed to infants and toddlers.
A majority of these foods had concerning levels the heavy metals including cadmium, lead, and/or inorganic arsenic.
These heavy metals raise the risk of cancer, type 2 diabetes, and other serious health problems. Children, because of their developing brains and nervous systems, are even more susceptible to the serious risks.
Even small amounts of heavy metals exposure is linked:
- cognitive and behavioral problems
- lower IQs
Exposure can have lasting effects. Federal safety watchdogs should take steps quickly to address these problems.
Consumer Groups are calling for the FDA to:
- Establish aggressive targets: Set a goal of having no measurable amounts of cadmium, inorganic arsenic, or lead in baby and children’s food.
- Create and enforce benchmarks: To reach its goals in baby and children’s food, FDA should insist that manufacturers follow recognized best practices and set incremental targets for industry to meet along the way.
- Finalize existing proposed guidelines: FDA should limit inorganic arsenic in apple juice to 10 ppb, and limit inorganic arsenic in infant rice cereal to 100 ppb. Also, it should revise existing guidance for lead in fruit juice to reduce the limit from 50 to 5 ppb, the standard for bottled water
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