Popular baby food products test positive for arsenic, BPA, lead

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Some 65 percent of baby food products in the United States - including four out of five baby formulas - contain traces of the toxin arsenic, a new study has found, but officials say there is little they can do to remove substances that could harm developing infants.

A recent study of baby food found that an alarmingly high amount contain unsafe contaminants like arsenic and lead.

The advocacy group conducted the research for five months with samples from more than 500 infant formulas and baby food products from 60 brands. In addition, 36 percent tested positive for lead, 58 percent for cadmium and 10 percent for acrylamide.

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Become more aware of what foods are a part of your children's diet with the Clean Label Project. Out of the total 530 baby food products which were tested, more than 65% of them reported the presence of harmful chemicals.

One food product claiming their packaging to be BPA free tested positive for BPAs.

The lab tested over 700 food products including infant formula. Hence certain rules and regulations should be laid on these baby food and infant formulas products to reduce its toxic effects and also provide optimum health benefits. The highest levels of arsenic have been detected from rice-based baby foods.

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On Wednesday, an alarming report revealed that a major section of infant foods, snacks, and formulas contain a considerable level of poisonous elements like arsenic and lead. The toxin is associated with developmental defects, cardiovascular disease, neurotoxicity, diabetes and even cancer, according to the World Health Organization. The organization tests products in various categories (thus far they have tested pet food and baby food) for contaminates and then rates them on a five-star scale, with five stars representing the "purest".

Arsenic in rice cereals is not surprising.

The majority of the most popular baby foods on the market tested positive for the toxins.

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"It is important for consumers to understand that some contaminants, such as heavy metals like lead or arsenic, are in the environment and can not simply be removed from food", Peter Cassell, a FDA spokesperson.

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