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Lead Detected In 20% Of Baby Food, Juice Samples

Lead Detected In 20% Of Baby Food, Juice Samples

But a report published Thursday by the Environmental Defense Fund raises questions about another, surprising possibility: food. The toxic metal was most commonly found in fruit juices such as grape and apple, root vegetables such as sweet potatoes and carrots, and cookies such as teething biscuits.

For the study, researchers looked at lead concentrations in 2,164 samples of baby food, and 10,064 samples of regular food.

There is no known safe level of lead in blood, the study explained.

The FDA does not identify the brands that were tested or the stores where they were purchased. Specifically, we examined potential IQ loss and the percentage of samples with high lead concentrations.

Bole said that lead present in the food can cause problems with attention and behaviour, cognitive development of children and can also affect the cardiovascular system and immune system of the child. However, the lead content in baby food can not be classified as coming from the soil or other areas. Though the levels in the baby food were generally below what the FDA considers unsafe, the agency's standards are decades old. Bu the FDA says lead can come from our environment, getting absorbed by food crops planted in contaminated soil.

The environmental group's analysis found that, over that 11-year period, at least one test had measurable levels of lead in all but five types of baby food.

Therefore, they considered it was pertinent to analyze the data of the FDA's Total Diet Study for specific sources of exposure to lead for babies and kids.

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The FDA released a statement saying it is "in the process of reevaluating the analytical methods it uses for determining when it should take action with respect to measured levels of lead in particular foods, including those consumed by infants and toddlers".

EDF's report lists several recommendations for the FDA, including updating its current limits and food safety guidelines as well as making absolutely clear that the worldwide standards for fruit juice "are inadequate".

Pediatrician Jennifer Lowry, who chairs the American Academy of Pediatrics' Council on Environmental Health, stressed that the onus to change their standards regarding lead was on the FDA and industry.

"I can't explain it other than I assume baby food is processed more", Neltner said.

Any child under the age of one does not need fruit juice. Carrots for babies, on the other hand, had three more chances of having lead than the regular versions.

"In the meantime, parents of young children should consult with their child's pediatrician to learn about all the ways to reduce lead exposure", the report advised.


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