Report finds lead in baby food

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Lead is a neurotoxin.

Baby foods contain more lead than regular foods.

"The FDA is continuing to work with industry to further limit the amount of lead in foods to the greatest extent feasible, especially in foods frequently consumed by children", read an agency statement.

The FDA says the administration set a maximum daily lead intake of six micrograms, which is being reviewed, saying on its website, "lead is in food because it is in the environment and lead can not simply be removed from food".

Lowry - who is not affiliated with the research - said there is no safe level of lead and lead in baby food can contribute to a child's elevated blood lead level. Overall, only 14 percent of adult foods tested contained lead.

In the study, the EDF analyzed 11 years worth of food collected by the FDA. This study has been performed since the 1970s in order to track metals, pesticides, and nutrients in food.

The survey preferentially includes national brands, but, unfortunately, the agency does not identify the brands or their test results-something parents are likely to want to know.

EDF also recommended that the FDA put safeguards in place to make sure lead isn't added to any foods or materials that may come in contact with food.

Breakdown of baby food categories.

This type of plot gives a ballpark idea of the percentage of the baby food being sold in the USA for certain levels of lead. "Baby food versions of apple and grape juices and carrots had more samples with detectable lead than the regular versions", the report says. This calculation is based on a 2017 EPA dietary lead intake estimate for children ages 1-7 years. It was also in root vegetables like carrots and showed up in 86 percent of sweet potatoes samples.

Cookies: 64 percent of Arrowroot cookies and 47 percent of teething biscuits contain lead.

It is critical for parents to avoid those particular foods that might threaten the welfare of their children.

Crumbling, peeling paint in older homes is one of the nation's biggest sources of lead exposure. Contaminated water and soil are also sources.

Neltner said that though the soil has definitely something to do with this, there are other factors.

"We couldn't find any study to find where this lead was coming from", he said. The allowable level for lead in bottled water is 5 ppb. The Food and Drug Administration has a guidance level for lead of 100 parts per billion for candy and dried fruit and 50 parts per billion for fruit juices. The highest level was detected in a sample of vegetable and beef dinner. 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.



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