REPORT: Some baby food products could have traces of lead, other heavy metals

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Posted at 12:30 PM, Aug 17, 2018
and last updated 2018-08-17 09:28:52-04

(WTOL) - Several baby food products could have traces of lead in them. 

Experts are telling parents to limit the amount of rice their children eat due to finding heavy amounts of arsenic and lead in the food, according to 10TV. 

Samples were taken by Consumer Reports from 50 baby and toddler food products from different stores across the country.


Consumer Reports said every product tested had measurable levels of at least one of these heavy metals:

  • Cadmium
  • Inorganic
  • Arsenic
  • Lead

Consumer Reports also say products containing rice or sweet potatoes were more likely to have high levels of heavy metals, and organic foods were just as likely to contain these metals as other foods.

Experts say some can occur naturally or get absorbed into food from soil or contaminants in water or the equipment used to process food.

If consumed regularly, these toxic heavy metals can pose an increased risk for certain health problems in children over time.

Consumer Reports says this is particularly a problem in the United States, where children eat a lot of packaged baby food.

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