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There's Lead in 20 Percent of Store-Bought Baby Food, Study Finds


The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention updated the guide on children and lead intake - this was in 2012.

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. "The largest burden that we often think about is neurocognitive that can occur even at low levels of lead exposure".

The FDA has monitored levels of lead in foods for decades through the Total Diet Study (TDS), the Agency's ongoing market basket survey in which about 280 core foods (TDS foods) in the USA food supply are collected, prepared as for consumption, and analyzed to determine levels of various contaminants and nutrients in those foods.

Over 2,000 baby food samples were collected by the FDA between 2003 and 2013. In March of this year, the EDF submitted a Freedom of Information Act request to get that brand-level data from the agency.

The full EDF report can be found here, or below. Unsafe levels of lead in a child's blood can also affect brain development.

Crumbling, peeling paint in older homes is one of the nation's biggest sources of lead exposure. "Eliminating lead in food would save society more than $27 billion annually in total lifetime earnings from saved IQ points". "The benefits of those nutritious foods far outweigh any risk", she said, especially in the context of where kids are most exposed to lead.

Eight types of baby foods had detectable lead in more than 40% of samples. Certain amount of lead was also found in cookies like teething biscuits, according to CNN reports.

"I certainly would not recommend avoiding entire food groups because of a concern about lead exposure", Bole said.

The Environmental Defense Fund found the lead through an analysis of 11 years of federal data. Since the 1970s, the TDS has tracked metals, pesticides, and nutrients in food.

While the group declined to identify brand names, its report indicated lead was most commonly found in several types of baby food, including fruit juices, root vegetables and cookies.

In baby food samples, 20 percent contained lead, compared to 14 percent of other foods.

EDF says baby food versions of apple and grape juice and carrots had samples with higher levels of lead than the regular versions. FDA also says that elements of lead in the food we eat also come from the surroundings.

Publicly commit to consumers to drive down lead levels through health-protective limits and robust product stewardship. The EDF recommends that the FDA and manufacturers step up their game to reduce lead in products, and parents should consult with their pediatricians to figure out strategies to limit exposure. This calculation is based on a 2017 EPA dietary lead intake estimate for children ages 1-7 years.

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