Arsenic Found In Baby Food

A baby holds a bottle and sits in a high chair

A baby holds a bottle and sits in a high chair

The FDA's 2006-2013 study of toxic and nutritional elements tested for three of the four contaminants mentioned by the Clean Label Project: arsenic, cadmium and lead.

The laboratory tests found that 65 percent of the products contained arsenic, 58 percent cadmium, 36 percent lead, and 10 percent acrylamides.

The majority of the most popular baby foods on the market tested positive for the toxins.

Researchers used 530 different snacks, cereals, formulas and drinks that had been purchased in the last five months for the test.

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.

You can find a complete list of the products the Clean Label Project tested and graded on its website here.

Among the baby cereals tested, Happy Baby Oatmeal Organic Probiotic Baby Cereal was ranked the best, followed by three Beech-Nut products and Little Duck Organics Mighty Oats Cereal 5 Ancient Grains Naked Cereal.

According to CBS contributors, more than one third of the tested products had lead in them.

"It is important for consumers to understand that some contaminants, such as heavy metals like lead or arsenic, are in the environment and can not simply be removed from food", said Peter Cassell, an FDA spokesperson. Lead is also a naturally occurring metal.

Bowen said that she is expecting parents to become good counsellor in taking care of children's health and refine the baby's food business. The group looked at top-selling formulas and baby food using Nielson data, and also included emerging national brands. The problem, according to Dr. Lowry, is that we also get exposed to these contaminates from our water, our air, and other things in our environment so many of them are impossible to remove from your daily life entirely. On the other hand, specific products from Peaceful Planet Toddler, Abbott EleCare, Happy Tot, Comforts For Toddler were at the bottom of the list.

Of the products that claim to be BPA-free, 60 percent were found positive for the industrial chemical bisphenol A.

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