Lead found in 20% of baby food samples

Posted June 19, 2017

That means there's no brand information for what products contain lead, but it does show that there's a widespread issue in the US for trace amounts of lead in food.

The study, calledLead in food: A hidden health threat by the U.S. -based Environmental Defense Fund, found that cumulatively children were consuming over the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's acceptable levels of lead consumption.

The environmental advocacy group Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) on June 15 released a study about dietary lead exposure, with a focus on food intended for babies and young children.

"We couldn't find any study to find where this lead was coming from", he said. "While paint and drinking water are the greatest sources of lead in most children living in older homes, all children get some lead from their diet".

Some baby food sold in the United States contains lead, an environmental group warns.

Lead can cause problems with attention and behavior, cognitive development, the cardiovascular system and immune system, Bole said. Eight types of baby food had lead in more than 40 percent of samples.

Cookies were also commonly found to have detectable levels of lead.

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The FDA does not name the brands they test, or the stores where the products are bought.

EDF's report lists several recommendations for the FDA, including updating its current limits and food safety guidelines as well as making absolutely clear that the worldwide standards for fruit juice "are inadequate". "We think food manufacturers should have a good idea where it is getting into the food". Consequently, pediatricians advocate that children should consume lots of various vegetables and fruits, as these cuts down the risk of a particular food. Lead has no place in a child's diet.

Recall that the 2012 National Toxicology Program Report cited a wide range of measurable health effects occurring with blood lead levels less than 5 μg/dL.

Researchers had data from 2,164 baby food samples, which included 57 different types. Around 20 percent of the baby samples contained lead, while only 14 percent of the non-baby food samples had the substance.

Neltner said that though the soil has definitely something to do with this, there are other factors.

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.

Meanwhile, Neltner said, parents should talk with their child's pediatrician about ways to reduce lead exposure, and should contact makers of their favorite food brands to ask whether the company regularly tests for lead and ensures that levels remain below 1 ppb.