Study Found That Formula in Baby Food Tested Positive For Arsenic,…

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A study by the Clean Label Project has revealed two-thirds of baby food in United States has tested positive for arsenic and other risky toxins.

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 unsafe to children in large doses.

In a study released on Wednesday, Oct. 25, Clean Label Project tested baby food, toddler drinks and snacks, and infant formulas that were bought over the past five months. After testing all of the products for various "harmful" chemicals, the results apparently showed that 65 percent of the products tested positive for arsenic, 36 percent contained lead, 58 percent had cadmium, and 60 percent had BPA.

Some foods also contained lead when tested by the Clean Label Project.

It also stated that some products labelled certified organic had higher amounts of mercury and lead than conventional baby foods. Sixty percent of the formulas that claimed to be BPA free tested positive for BPAs. Hence certain rules and regulations should be laid on these baby food and infant formulas products to reduce its toxic effects and also provide optimum health benefits.

"As for the latter, one of their key roles is to be their children's advocate and help companies change the infant formula and baby food status quo", it said.

The lab tested over 700 food products including infant formula. The U.S Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 2016 proposed a limit of 100 parts per billion of arsenic in infant rice cereal, which means the chemicals detected were not mere trace amounts.

MORE | More information on the study can be found here. The toxin is associated with developmental defects, cardiovascular disease, neurotoxicity, diabetes and even cancer, according to the World Health Organization.

Arsenic in rice cereals is not surprising.

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.

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