Lead found in 20% of baby food samples

The following blog makes reference to a recent study published on June 15, 2017 by the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) entitled: “Lead in Food: A Hidden Health Threat”. The original study can be found at: https://www.edf.org/health/lead-food-hidden-health-threat

Roughly 20% of baby food samples were found to contain lead, more than other foods, according to a new report (see citation above). Fruit juices were a major culprit, with lead in 89% of grape juice, 67% of mixed fruit juice, 55% of apple juice and 45% of pear juice samples. Researchers found lead in baby versions of apple and grape juices more often than regular versions.  Among other baby food types, root vegetables had lead in 65% of samples and baby food carrots had lead more often than regular carrots. Lead also was found in 47% of crackers and cookies, 29% of fruits including juices and 4% of cereals.  American Academy of Pediatrics nutrition experts recommend children eat a variety of fruits and vegetables to minimize risks from a single food. They also should adhere to recommended serving sizes. The Academy recently released new limits on fruit juice consumption that say children under 1 year should not drink juice and older children’s intake should be minimal.

The key findings of the study:

EDF‘s analysis of 11 years of FDA data found:

  • Lead was detected in 20% of baby food samples compared to 14% for other foods.
  • Eight types of baby foods had detectable lead in more than 40% of samples.
  • Baby food versions of apple and grape juices and carrots had more samples with detectable lead than the regular versions.

EDF also found that more than 1 million children consume more lead than FDA’s limit. The study claims that eliminating lead in food would save society more than $27 billion annually in total lifetime earnings from saved IQ points.


 

2 responses to “Lead found in 20% of baby food samples

  1. Thank you for sharing this information about lead. My son had lead poisoning and was incorrectly diagnosed with autism, adhd, etc. It was not until a doctor noted the similarities between his symptoms and lead poisoning (and actually did a lead poisoning provoked urine and blood sample test) that we got on the right track. He then showed me several papers and studies that linked lead to autism and one paper actually said that recovery from lead induced autism was possible. I found other papers discussing chelation and autism and the success rates (and others stating they were not successful) and wondered if the successes were because these kids might be misdiagnosed. One study found that 21% of kids with ADHD actually have lead poisoning. I cannot find a number for autism. So grateful we found the true cause of my son’s issues and that he was able to recover. So few kids are tested for lead in my county. When my son was diagnosed it was less than .5%.

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  2. I agree, and as a young man was shot with lead shot of which two remain which has been replaced with non-toxic metals for waterfowl safety.
    It’s absolutely criminal for significant lead to remain in baby or adult food which clearly results in multiple nervous system disorders and disabilities.

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