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Lead detected in 20% of baby food samples

Lead detected in 20% of baby food samples

The study found the lead through an analysis of 11 years of federal data. Certain amount of lead was also found in cookies like teething biscuits, according to CNN reports. While the study is American, numerous same brands of baby food can be found in Canada.

The environmental advocacy group Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) on June 15 released a study about dietary lead exposure, with a focus on food intended for babies and young children.

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.

Lower IQs caused by lead exposure translate into a total of $27 billion per year in lost lifetime earnings nationwide, the Environmental Defense Fund calculates in its report.

According to a fact sheet by FDA, crops become lead-inevitable if the lead is in the soil because the plants will absorb them while they grow.

EDF also found that more than 1 million children consume more lead than FDA's limit.

Experts say that even very low levels of lead in children's blood can affect their IQ levels, ability to pay attention as well as academic achievements.

You think baby food available in the market is good for your child? A new report suggests food - particularly baby food - could be a problem, too. The major source of lead exposure in U.S. children is paint, in the forms of paint chips and dust from aging housing.

Fruit juices: 89 percent of grape juice samples contained detectable levels of lead, while the same was true for 67 percent of mixed fruit juices, 55 percent of apple juices, and 45 percent of pear juices.

In a statement, the FDA said the agency is "in the process of reevaluating the analytical methods it uses for determining when it should take action with respect to measured levels of lead in particular foods, including those consumed by infants and toddlers". The FDA reports that these differences in limits are due to what is considered achievable after food processing. This calculation is based on a 2017 EPA dietary lead intake estimate for children ages 1-7 years.

The levels in the foods were below what the FDA considers alarming, and the dose that a child gets depends on their overall diet and what other exposures they have.

For now, the FDA requires bottled water to have no more than five parts-per-billion of lead, mainly because that "was the lowest amount FDA could reliably measure in 1995, and only four percent of the water tested exceeded the limit", the EDF reports.

"In many American communities, the most significant route of lead exposure is from paint and soil", Bole said.

In the meantime, parents of young children should consult with their child's pediatrician to learn about all the ways to reduce lead exposure.


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