Environment advocacy group reports 'surprising' amount of lead in baby food

Environment advocacy group reports 'surprising' amount of lead in baby food

Its database includes test results for 57 types of baby food and formula tested between 2003 and 2013. The toxic metal was most commonly found in fruit juices such as grape and apple, root vegetables such as sweet potatoes and carrots, and cookies such as teething biscuits.

EDF was reportedly unable to identify any existing study evaluating the relative contribution of various sources of the lead in food.

Although lead, a naturally occurring element, is found in all parts of our environment, there is no safe level of exposure, according to the U.S.

Experts say that even very low levels of lead in children's blood can affect their IQ levels, ability to pay attention as well as academic achievements.

Some baby food sold in the United States contains lead, an environmental group warns. Lead is known to cause developmental problems and behavioural issues.

Low levels of lead contaminate numerous foods Americans eat, including almost all categories of baby food, a report by the Environmental Defense Fund shows. Overall, only 14 percent of adult foods tested contained lead.

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The FDA does not identify the brands that were tested or the stores where they were purchased. The FDA reports that these differences in limits are due to what is considered achievable after food processing. Environmental Protection Agency. Children six years old and younger are especially at risk to the negative health effects of lead exposure, such as behavioral problems, lower IQ, hyperactivity, slowed growth, hearing problems, and anemia.

It is critical for parents to avoid those particular foods that might threaten the welfare of their children. Aside from consuming lead through foods, people can inhale lead particles from lead-contaminated dust and water, as well as cosmetics, medicines and wall paints, the World Health Organization wrote. Lead has no place in a child's diet. Researchers could determine how frequently contamination occurred, but not at what levels.

This type of plot gives a ballpark idea of the percentage of the baby food being sold in the US for certain levels of lead. Eighteen percent of the baby food samples tested above 5 ppb lead, which is the amount the FDA allows in drinking water.

Help minimize a child's lead exposure by having them eat a variety of fruits and vegetables.

Pediatrician Jennifer Lowry, who chairs the American Academy of Pediatrics' Council on Environmental Health, stressed that the onus to change their standards regarding lead was on the FDA and industry.

For now, the FDA requires bottled water to have no more than five parts-per-billion of lead, mainly because that "was the lowest amount FDA could reliably measure in 1995, and only four percent of the water tested exceeded the limit", the EDF reports.

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