Two-thirds of baby food tests positive for arsenic

A new study by a watchdog organization is getting a lot of media attention because it found that most baby foods and formulas contain at least trace amounts of contaminates - including lead, arsenic, cadmium and acrylamides - that can be risky to children in large doses. What's more, nearly 80 percent of infant formula tested positive for traces of arsenic, while 60 percent of the products stating that they were "BPA free" actually tested positive for BPA. Additionally, 60 percent of the product that claimed to be BPA free actually tested positive for BPA.

Mainstream brands including Gerber, Enfamil, Plum Organics and Sprout were among the worst offenders - scoring two out of five in the Clean Label Project's report card for toxic metals. 36% of those foods tested for lead, 58% for cadmium and 10% for acrylamide. The World Health Organization states that arsenic can lead to developmental defects, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, neurotoxicity and cancer.

A list of the all the products tested and their ratings can be found on the Clean Label project website.

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MORE | The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has information on arsenic in rice and rice products here. The organization has not shared insights into the actual levels of contamination they found inside of the tested products.

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A Forbes article published in 2014, listed 11 different chemicals that affected baby's brain development, and both arsenic and lead were present on the list.

The majority of the most popular baby foods on the market tested positive for the toxins. And even low levels of lead have been linked to low IQs, hearing issues, anemia and behavioral problems.

A non-profit group called Clean Label Project has been working in conjunction with an accredited lab in Denver to take a closer look at baby food.

"The baby industry needs to do a better job in protecting America's most vulnerable population", Bowen said.

A recent study conducted by Clean Label Project revealed that many baby food products bought in the last five months tested positive for arsenic and other toxic chemicals.

  • Ismael Montgomery