Many Leading brands of baby food contain arsenic and other toxins:
Recent studies have discovered small amounts of arsenic and other toxins are in the ingredients used in top-selling baby foods.
The baby food manufacturers assert the levels are too low so they do not pose a health risk, but they do not deny the existence of these toxic chemicals in their food products, as researchers found.
This correlates with a French study conducted in 2012 that came to similar results.
Safe Food campaigners and scientists are protesting and calling for stronger efforts to eliminate the chemicals from mass-produced food products consumed by millions of youngsters daily.
Serious Arsenic fears: Researchers found toxins from contaminated soil have made their way into ingredients used in baby food tested by Swedish researchers.
Scientists from the Unit of Metals and Health at Karolinska Institute in Stockholm, writing in the Journal of Food Chemistry, said: “Alarmingly, these foods may also introduce high amounts of toxic elements such as arsenic, cadmium, lead and uranium, mainly from their raw materials.”
“These elements have to be kept at an absolute minimum in food products intended for infant consumption. The high concentrations of arsenic in rice-based foods are of particular concern.”
Britain’s Food Standards Agency posted an official warning two years ago for young children to be stopped from drinking rice milk because of too much arsenic contamination.
The agency finally acted after two types of the poison were found in rice milk, including inorganic arsenic, which is the most harmful form of arsenic.
Arsenic is well known as a poison, but is also associated with causing cancers.
Both the FSA and the European Food Safety Authority have carried out a review for the purpose of setting new limits for amounts of arsenic allowed in food, particularly in foods for babies and toddlers.
Crops contaminated by arsenic from pesticide use is a commonly known problem worldwide.
Heavy industry creates other toxins that find their way into the soil and thus reproduce in the food grown on those contaminated soils.
The British Specialist Nutrition Association, which is the baby food trade body, stated its members “carefully select and control their ingredients as well as the baby food” to assure they are safe.
A biogeochemist, Professor Andrew Meharg, is gravely concerned about the arsenic presence in the rice that is used to make baby food.
“Baby rice is a very popular choice for parents weaning their babies onto solids, but there is a concern of arsenic contamination” he stated.
“Baby companies should be sourcing baby rice from regions of the world where levels of inorganic arsenic are as low as possible.”
The Swedish team that performed the study asserted toxin levels were measured in micrograms, as low as one millionth of a gram. The amounts they discovered were much higher than in breast milk.
Known Toxins in Baby Foods:
The leader of the Swedish research, Dr Karin Ljung, confirmed none of the chemicals discovered tested above existing safety limits. However, she further stated there is a serious need to review these levels to ensure our young children are fully protected.
Claiming this work was under way, The FSA stated: “The Agency is actively engaging with the European Commission to review and establish long term limits for these environmental contaminants in food.”
Plum asserted: “Sampling our recipe shows levels for arsenic are well below those in this latest study, and again these are well within the generally regarded safe and acceptable limits.” Which is their admittance arsenic and other harmful toxins are in their infant foods!