Baby Foods Contain More Lead than Regular Foods

Monday, 19 Jun, 2017

All the baby food samples tested did not exceed the FDA's swallowable lead levels, but due to the idea that the present standards do not portray the modern scientific discoveries about possible health risks especially in children, FDA is at the point of rechecking its standards. The biggest lead culprits were fruit juices, such as grape and apple; root vegetables, including sweet potatoes and carrots; and treats such as Arrowroot cookies and teething biscuits.

FDA has set guidance levels of 100 parts per billion (ppb) for candy and dried fruit and 50 ppb for fruit juices.

There's no safe level of lead, according to the EDF, and yet about 500,000 children have elevated blood lead levels, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The nonprofit confirmed that there are detectable levels of lead in some 20 percent of baby foods on the market.

CDC also made it clear that IQ disorder, poor academic performance and inability to pay attention have been proven to be associated with low levels of lead in the blood. "Only a slight difference in IQ is enough to sometimes cause difficulty in school and learning".

EDF analyzed more than 12,000 test results from the 2003-2013 FDA national composite food sample data (the Total Diet Study).

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EDF also recommended that the FDA put safeguards in place to make sure lead isn't added to any foods or materials that may come in contact with food. There are certain types of baby food that more commonly contained lead. Of the 57 categories, 52 contained at least one food sample that tested positive for lead.

A new report has found that 20% of baby food contains traces of lead - a higher amount than what is found in all other foods. Though the lead levels of these products are not that high, they can certainly be harmful.

"We know parents may be concerned about a recent report on lead in foods and want to reassure them that Gerber foods and juices are safe", the statement read.

"Unfortunately, our federal agencies have been slow to respond to that", Lowry said. "The agency is in the process of reevaluating the analytical methods it uses for determining when it should take action with respect to measured levels of lead in particular foods, including those consumed by infants and toddlers". Companies need to investigate, he said. "The FDA's goal is to protect human health by ensuring that consumer exposure is limited to the greatest extent feasible". Pesticides are chemicals used to thwart insects and are often considered toxic. Additionally, the EDF suggests manufacturers conduct more frequent tests during the processing of foods. The EDF recommends that the FDA and manufacturers step up their game to reduce lead in products, and parents should consult with their pediatricians to figure out strategies to limit exposure.