This is how much lead was found in random baby food samples

Lead detected in 20 percent of baby food samples surprising even researchers

Lead is known to cause developmental problems and behavioural issues. Therefore, it is critical for people to know exactly what they are feeding their kids.

EDF was reportedly unable to identify any existing study evaluating the relative contribution of various sources of the lead in food.

Vogel noted that even small amounts of exposure can add up and that scientists believe there's "no safe levels of lead in blood".

Lead was detected in 20% of baby food samples compared to 14% for other foods. The study does not mention the brand of each sample. In March of this year, the EDF submitted a Freedom of Information Act request to get that brand-level data from the agency. The highest lead levels were recorded in a vegetable and beef dinner.

A newly-published report from the nonprofit Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) has revealed that almost 20 per cent of baby food samples tested over a decade had detectable levels of lead. This maximum was adopted by the Food and Drug Administration in 1993. Out of the 2,164 samples, 86% of sweet potatoes, about 89% of grape juice, and 47% of teething biscuits proved to contain evident levels of leads. He said that nearly 70 percent of kids are exposed to lead due to the level of this metal in foods.

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 analysis found that at least one sample in 52 of the 57 types of baby food had detectable levels of lead. 55 percent of apple juices for babies had lead, while the regular apple juices had 25 percent chances of being toxic due to lead. For comparison, we are talking about an average increase of 0.46 μg/dL blood lead levels from dietary exposure alone.

A pediatrician and Chairperson of the American Academy of Pediatrics' Council on Environmental Health, Jennifer Lowry, said that the obligation lies on FDA to review their standards and make it clear that there is no healthy lead level.

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". Protecting children's ability to learn and thrive demands that we find effective ways to reduce exposures to lead from all sources.

Help minimize a child's lead exposure by having them eat a variety of fruits and vegetables.

Gerber said that they understand the concerns shown by parents and pediatricians; however, they say they can be sure that their juices and products are completely safe because they follow the lead level standards.


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