Study Finds Lead in Baby Food

June 20, 2017

How safe is the food you're feeding your baby?

A new study by the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) found lead in 20 percent of baby food sampled over an 11-year period. The study focused on baby food because of the harmful effects lead can have in the context of child development - neurological, cardiovascular, behavioral and more.

Check out the interview by Mercy Kids pediatrician Dr. Kathleen Berchelmann, who explains how parents can avoid possible exposure.

Dr. Kathleen Berchelmann explains the study on Fox 2 News in the Morning.

Key Findings by the EDF

The EDF‘s analysis of 11 years of FDA data found:

  • Lead was detected in 20% of baby food samples compared to 14% for other foods.
  • Eight types of baby foods had detectable lead in more than 40% of samples.
  • Baby food versions of apple and grape juices and carrots had more samples with detectable lead than the regular versions.

EDF also found that more than 1 million children consume more lead than FDA’s limit. Eliminating lead in food would save society more than $27 billion annually in total lifetime earnings from saved IQ points.

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