A new study has just linked arsenic to baby food products, including formula milk. The Clean Label Project, a non-profit organization that fights for transparent food labeling, tested 530 of the best-selling baby foods, soft drinks, beverages and formula milks in the last 5 months in the United States.
The result is shocking: 65% of the products tested positive for arsenic, 36% for lead, 58% for cadmium, and 10% for acrylamide. These alarming levels of arsenic in baby food show that Manufacturers are not meeting international standards that regulate minimum levels of arsenic and lead, chemicals that endanger the developing baby.
Arsenic is the most abundant chemical element detected in baby food by the Clean Label Project study in the United States. Almost 80% of baby formula milks tested positive.Some of the products tested positive for up to 600 parts of arsenic per billion. That is far from being a small amount.
According to experts, including pediatricians consulted after the study, These chemicals can affect a child's fine motor skills and cognitive development. This toxin is associated with developmental defects, cardiovascular disease, diabetes and even cancer, according to the World Health Organization. The baby is in the process of development, and these high levels of arsenic in his body can disrupt his growth.
This recent study published in the United States is not the only one, nor is it the first time that this has been discussed. In January 2016, the European Union put a limit on manufacturers on including organic arsenic in their products. And is that, several studies, including one published in the journal Plos One, compared the level of arsenic in urine samples in babies fed with breast milk and those fed with formula milk. The result was that, indeed, the arsenic level was higher in babies fed with artificial milk. Other studies revealed a high arsenic content in rice and cereals, foods that are introduced from an early age in the baby.
Nevertheless, Despite European Union regulation, some research has revealed that almost nothing has changedTherefore, babies are exposed to high levels of arsenic.
Lead is a mineral found in the environmentTherefore, it can also be found in the food we eat and even in those used to make children's products.
As for arsenic, it is also found naturally in the environment, specifically in water and groundwater, and is more abundant in some parts of the world. Rice can absorb these amounts of arsenic while growing.
To avoid public health risks, there is an international limit on the presence of lead and arsenic in food that is 0.2 milligrams per kilogram for arsenic and 0.001 milligrams per kilogram for lead.
However, studies that come from 2016 to this month, reveal how manufacturers of baby products skip this regulation.Nutritionists and pediatricians warn about this and ask manufacturers to publish the levels of arsenic in their products. In this way, illegal amounts would be prevented from being introduced and parents could make a decision as to whether or not to purchase the product, having more information in our hands about its composition.
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