Lead Detected In 20% Of Baby Food, Juice Samples

Lead Detected In 20 Percent Of Baby Food

But a report published Thursday by the Environmental Defense Fund raises questions about another, surprising possibility: food. Therefore, it is critical for people to know exactly what they are feeding their kids.

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.

Vogel noted that even small amounts of exposure can add up and that scientists believe there's "no safe levels of lead in blood". However, the lead content in baby food can not be classified as coming from the soil or other areas. While the study is American, numerous same brands of baby food can be found in Canada. The Environmental Defense food has drawn attention to how risky lead can be for people; however, they focused on baby food, given the fragile immune system of toddlers. It's also unclear why baby foods would have more lead than adult foods and why some products within a food category could test negative while others had relatively high amounts. This maximum was adopted by the Food and Drug Administration in 1993. The types of baby food most affected included grape, apple, pear and mixed fruit juices; root vegetables such as sweet potatoes and carrots; and arrowroot cookies and teething biscuits. We established an Import Alert for certain dried fruits found to contain lead above 100 ppb. A new report suggests food - particularly baby food - could be a problem, too. "Baby food versions of apple and grape juices and carrots had more samples with detectable lead than the regular versions", the report says.

Baby juice vs. regular juice. For comparison, we are talking about an average increase of 0.46 μg/dL blood lead levels from dietary exposure alone.

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The reasons for this isn't clear, Neltner said.

A child that develops lead poisoning may experience health problems, such as headaches and stomach pain or behavioral problems and anemia, according to Kids Health.

In a statement, the FDA 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". The Environmental Defense Fund hasn't established a list of foods or brands that should be prohibited to avoid lead contamination.

In third place were fruit juices, with 29 percent positive overall.

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Crumbling, peeling paint in older homes is one of the nation's biggest sources of lead exposure.

Parents of young children are encouraged to consult with their child's pediatrician to learn how they can reduce lead exposure.

Gerber said that they understand the concerns shown by parents and pediatricians; however, they say they can be sure that their juices and products are completely safe because they follow the lead level standards.

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