Lead Found In 20 Percent Of Baby Food Samples, Report Concludes

  • Lead Found In 20 Percent Of Baby Food Samples, Report Concludes

Lead Found In 20 Percent Of Baby Food Samples, Report Concludes

"Overall, 20 percent of the 2,164 baby food composite samples and 14 percent of the other 10,064 food composite samples had detectable levels of lead", the EDF said, NBC News reported. Eight types of baby food had lead in more than 40 percent of samples.

The analysis found that at least one sample in 52 of the 57 types of baby food had detectable levels of lead.

There was also more lead found in apple juice and grape juice that was aimed at babies, compared to those juices for adults. The nonprofit confirmed that there are detectable levels of lead in some 20 percent of baby foods on the market.

Among the vegetables which put babies at risk of lead ingestion, there are sweet potatoes, with the alarming quantity of 86 percent.

Lead is highly toxic and there is no known safe level of it for anyone to eat, drink or breathe in, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says. Babies exposed to lead may be born prematurely. Bu the FDA says lead can come from our environment, getting absorbed by food crops planted in contaminated soil.

The primary focus of the organisation was on baby foods due to the detrimental effect lead could have on child development. "The crackers and cookies category was next with 47 percent followed by fruits, including juices, with 29 percent", according to the EDF.

That said, the FDA's food standards were set in 1993. More research is certainly needed. Specifically, we examined potential IQ loss and the percentage of samples with high lead concentrations. The allowable level for lead in bottled water is 5 ppb.

The Food and Drug Administration has a guidance level for lead of 100 parts per billion for candy and dried fruit and 50 parts per billion for fruit juices.

This type of plot gives a ballpark idea of the percentage of the baby food being sold in the US for certain levels of lead.

Contamination also could happen during processing from lead leaching from older brass, bronze, plastic or coated food handling equipment that contains lead; or from deteriorated lead paint in the building.

The FDA does not identify the brands that were tested or the stores where they were purchased.

Neltner said the findings don't mean parents should stop feeding their children packaged baby food, but he suggested they consult with pediatricians and, with the food brands they use, contact companies to ask about their testing processes for lead. As with the lead data, increases in these numbers alert organizations to potential problems, but they don't give enough indication to pinpoint the exact nature of the problem.