dglobalnews.com Lead Found in 20% of Baby Food Including Juices: Environmental Group
Published: Mon, June 19, 2017
Medical | By Benjamin Edwards

Lead Found in 20% of Baby Food Including Juices: Environmental Group

Lead Found in 20% of Baby Food Including Juices: Environmental Group

The FDA also tests for lead in foods under the Toxic Elements in Food and Foodware and Radionuclides in its Food Compliance Program.

The Environmental Defense Fund conducted an analysis of at least 11 years of its federal data and they found out that there were detectable levels of lead in at least 20 percent of the 2,164 baby food samples they tried.

There was also more lead found in apple juice and grape juice that was aimed at babies, compared to those juices for adults.

Image credit: News.kenresearch.com " Lead can have a number of effects on children and it's especially harmful during critical windows of development", said Dr. Aparna Bole, a pediatrician at University Hospitals Rainbow Babies and Children's Hospital in Cleveland, who was not involved with the report. "The largest burden that we often think about is neurocognitive that can occur even at low levels of lead exposure". Anyway, changed must be applied immediately, since any exposure to lead is unsafe for children. The nonprofit confirmed that there are detectable levels of lead in some 20 percent of baby foods on the market. These included "decreased academic achievement, IQ, and specific cognitive measures; increased incidence of attention-related behaviors and problem behaviors".

The EDF evaluated data gathered by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) from 2003 to 2013. He said that nearly 70 percent of kids are exposed to lead due to the level of this metal in foods.

The FDA has set limits for lead in the form of maximum parts per billion (ppb) for certain foods.

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"No child gets high levels of lead from food alone", said Tom Neltner, chemicals policy director for the 50-year-old nonpartisan, non-profit advocacy group.

The Environmental Defense Fund report was ultimately directed at the food industry and FDA in the hopes of getting limits and standards updated. Yet the Environmental Protection Agency this year has estimated that more than five percent of USA children (more than a million) get more than the FDA's recommended limit of lead from their diet.

According to the findings, a lot of products for babies have more lead than the regular versions. But the concern is how much a child may consume over time.

Any child under the age of one does not need fruit juice. Parents should also have their children tested for lead, tell them to wash their hands often - especially before eating and sleeping, clean their toys and feed them healthy snacks such as yogurt, cheese slices and whole grain crackers, World Health Organization advises.

Cookies: 64 percent of Arrowroot cookies and 47 percent of teething biscuits contain lead. They also want companies to test more frequently during processing and take action if levels are exceeded.

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