An independent study evaluating 2,164 baby food samples taken by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) found that twenty percent of those samples contained lead. The levels uncovered were low, but can add up. Additionally, because lead exposure during infancy and childhood can lead to serious developmental problems, pediatricians say there is no safe level of exposure.
About 20 percent of baby food samples tested over a decade-long period had detectable levels of lead, according to a new report from Environmental Defense Fund, a nonprofit group.
The group evaluated data collected by the Food and Drug Administration from 2003 to 2013. This included 2,164 baby food samples. They found 89 percent of grape juice samples, 86 percent of sweet potatoes samples and 47 percent of teething biscuits samples contained detectable levels of lead.
“…even low levels of lead in blood have been shown to affect IQ, ability to pay attention, and academic achievement. And effects of lead exposure cannot be corrected.”
-Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
Solution: To minimize your child’s exposure to lead and other unwanted chemicals in commercial baby food, make your own baby food using fresh, whole ingredients–organic if possible.