In a recent study The Environmental Defense Fund (EDF), found that nearly 20% of baby food samples were found to contain lead, more than other foods. The EDF report identified Fruit juices as being a one of the highest, with lead in 89% of grape juice, 67% of mixed fruit juice, 55% of apple juice and 45% of pear juice samples. Lead was found in baby versions of apple and grape juices more often than standard versions.
The EDF is calling for federal authorities and manufacturers to the lower the amount of lead in food.
“Every child’s food should come unleaded,” EDF Health Program Vice President Sarah Vogel said in a statement. “Unfortunately, food is a poorly understood and often overlooked source of lead exposure, a potent neurotoxin. Our report should serve as a call to action for government and business alike to better protect children.”
Among other baby food types, root vegetables had lead in 65% of samples and baby food carrots had lead more often than regular carrots. Lead also was found in 47% of crackers and cookies, 29% of fruits including juices and 4% of cereals.
The lead may be coming from the soil or from processing, but more research is needed, according to the EDF.
Source: American Academy of Pediatrics News