Group Warns Some Baby Food Contains Lead

Some baby food sold in the United States contains lead, an environmental group warns.

“Lead was detected in 20 percent of baby food samples compared to 14 percent for other food,” according to the Environmental Defense Fund study, NBC News reported.

“Eight types of baby foods had detectable lead in more than 40 percent of samples. Baby food versions of apple and grape juices and carrots had more samples with detectable lead than the regular versions,” the group said.

Lead is highly toxic and there is no known safe level of it for anyone to eat, drink or breathe in, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says.

In babies, lead can kill developing brain cells and there is no way to reverse that damage, NBC News reported.

The EDF’s findings are from an analysis of 11 years of data on what the Food and Drug Administration has detected in baby food.

“Overall, 20 percent of the 2,164 baby food composite samples and 14 percent of the other 10,064 food composite samples had detectable levels of lead,” the EDF said, NBC News reported.

“The root vegetables category had the highest rate of lead detection, with lead found in 65 percent of the composite samples. The crackers and cookies category was next with 47 percent followed by fruits, including juices, with 29 percent,” according to the EDF.

Lead was found in just 4 percent of cereals.

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SOURCE: WebMD News from HealthDay