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


You think baby food available in the market is good for your child? You might want to think again. An environmental group has reportedly found lead in at least 20 percent of baby food, according to reports.

Yes, exposure to lead from paint chips and contaminated drinking water is not the only things you have to worry about, your child may be exposed to lead through the food they eat.

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.

Reports state that the particular metal, which could be deadly, was most commonly found in fruit juices like apple and grape, and root vegetables like sweet potatoes and carrots. Certain amount of lead was also found in cookies like teething biscuits, according to CNN reports.

Commenting on the findings of the report, a pediatrician at University Hospitals Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital in Cleveland, Dr. Aparna Bole said, “Lead can have a number of effects on children and it’s especially harmful during critical windows of development. The largest burden that we often think about is neurocognitive that can occur even at low levels of lead exposure.” Bole was not involved in the report.

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.

The report however did not identify the samples by brands and said that the level of lead present in these food products are considered to be relatively low.

The United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) however has said that there are no safe blood lead levels in children identified yet.

Source: CNN