Recent Study Reveals Many Popular Baby Foods Contain Arsenic and Lead
According to USA Today The clean label project is a non profit that advocates for transparent labeling and decided to set their sites to test infant formulas, toddler drinks and snacks purchased within the last 5 months.
Around 530 baby food products were tested and researchers found that 65% tested positive for arsenic, 36% for lead and other chemicals which all pose a risk to developing infants.
Gerber, Enfamil, Plum Organics and Sprout were among the worst offenders in this survey scoring 2 out of 5 on the Clean Label report card. Nearly 80% of infant formula tested positive for arsenic which according to the World Health Organization, this toxin is associated with developmental defects, cardiovascular disease, diabetes and even cancer.
Peter Cassell a spokesman for the FDA said that some contaminants like lead are arsenic are in the environment and cannot be removed from food. Gerber, Mead Johnson (Enfamil), and Plum Organics all released statements after the study assuring customers their products follow strict safety standards.