A new study released Wednesday found that an alarming number of popular baby food and formula products contained lead, arsenic and BPA-including 80 percent of infant formula which tested positive for arsenic.
The Clean Label Project also reported that, in looking only at the infant formulas they tested, 80 percent of them contained higher than acceptable levels of arsenic. In this research it was found that 89 percent of grape juice samples, 86 percent of sweet potatoes samples and 47 percent of teething biscuits samples contained detectable levels of lead.
65 percent of all of the products tested positive for arsenic. 36% of those foods tested for lead, 58% for cadmium and 10% for acrylamide. The group looked at top-selling formulas and baby food using Nielson data, and also included emerging national brands.
Arsenic does have the potential to be toxic but, as the World Health Organization explains, it is "a natural component of the earth's crust and is widely distributed throughout the environment in the air, water and land". Conversely, the brand report card of Nosh! showed 1.4 stars, while Little Duck Organics got a rating of two stars.
The non-profit organization is called #Clean Label Project and advocates for product labeling transparency.
According to CBS contributors, more than one third of the tested products had lead in them.
MORE | More information on the study can be found here. The U.S Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 2016 proposed a limit of 100 parts per billion of arsenic in infant rice cereal, which means the chemicals detected were not mere trace amounts. And even low levels of lead have been linked to low IQs, hearing issues, anemia and behavioral problems.
The Clean Label Project posted and graded the products on its website but did not publish its findings in a peer-reviewed journal.
Bowen said that she is expecting parents to become good counsellor in taking care of children's health and refine the baby's food business.