Arsenic and lead found to be prevalent in baby food

Only a few scoops are left in her next to last can, as Yury Navas, 29, of Laurel, Md., feeds her infant son, Jose Ismael Gálvez, 2 months, with the only formula he can take without digestive issues, Enfamil Infant, from her dwindling supply of formula at their apartment in Laurel, Md., Monday, May 23, 2022. After this day's feedings she will be down to their last 12.5 ounce container of formula. Navas doesn't know why her breastmilk didn't come in for her third baby and has tried many brands of formula before finding the one kind that he could tolerate well, which she now says is practically impossible for her to find. To stretch her last can she will sometimes give the baby the water from cooking rice to sate his hunger. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

Only a few scoops are left in her next to last can, as Yury Navas, 29, of Laurel, Md., feeds her infant son, Jose Ismael Gálvez, 2 months, with the only formula he can take without digestive issues, Enfamil Infant, from her dwindling supply of formula at their apartment in Laurel, Md., Monday, May 23, 2022. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

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The FDA released disturbing statistics on the widespread contamination in the food supply as high levels of toxic lead and arsenic are found in the majority of mainstream baby foods. They released the findings in the Total Diet Study Report this week, which tracks nutrients and contaminants within the US food supply.

“There’s not supposed to be lead or arsenic or cadmium in any foods,” said nurse Charlotte Brody. “So the fact they make it seem like a victory is very troubling.”

The agency discovered out of the 384 baby foods sampled, 51 percent tested positive for arsenic. In the baby food the agency found 65 percent of the samples contained cadmium, 21 percent contained lead and 3 percent contained mercury. Scientists say toxic heavy metals endanger infants neurological development and long-term brain functioning. Babies and children are most vulnerable to neuro toxic effects.

“It’s not that food has gotten so much better,” she voiced. “It’s what the detection limits are.”

According to the new FDA report, the highest lead concentrations were in baking powder, cocoa powder, baby food sweet potatoes, baby food teething biscuits and sandwich cookies. The foods with the highest cadmium concentrations were sunflower seeds and spinach.

Of all the food tested, grain based baby cereals contained the most amount of inorganic arsenic and lead.

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