Environmental watchdog group warns of lead in baby food

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A new report suggests food - particularly baby food - could be a problem, too.

Root vegetables: 86 percent of packaged baby food sweet potatoes and 43 percent of baby food carrots contained lead.

Pediatricians who weren't involved in the study noted that lead-based paint and lead-contaminated water are by far the main sources of lead affecting USA children. The food was collected from a different city each year and combined into composite samples - for example all the grape juice was poured into one sample.

Lead can cause problems with attention and behavior, cognitive development, the cardiovascular system and immune system, Bole said.

The study does not mention the brand of each sample.

At very high levels, lead can kill developing brain cells or be fatal.

The Environmental Defense Fund found the lead through an analysis of 11 years of federal data.

Tom Neltner, the group's chemicals policy director, said the possibilities could include lead in soil and dust or in the processing for plastics used as containers.

"The fact that 55 percent of baby food apple juice samples have detectable levels of lead compared to 25 percent for regular apple juice deserves more examination", Maricel Maffini, a consultant for EDF, said. Researchers could determine how frequently contamination occurred, but not at what levels.

Adults are also affected by lead consumption - it's been linked to high blood pressure and kidney damage, according to the World Health Organization.

But food is a source of lead exposure most of us probably aren't thinking about.

FDA has set guidance levels of 100 parts per billion (ppb) for candy and dried fruit and 50 ppb for fruit juices.

This revised definition reflects findings from a 2012 National Toxicology Program Report that concluded a wide range of adverse health effects are associated with blood lead levels less than 5 μg/dL.

The analysis found that at least one sample in 52 of the 57 types of baby food had detectable levels of lead.

Read the full report.

Neltner said he's glad the FDA is working on the issue but wants them to "get it done".

Help minimize a child's lead exposure by having them eat a variety of fruits and vegetables.

She added that pediatricians recommend limiting or eliminating fruit juices from children's diets, anyway, for nutritional reasons. Bole was not involved in the report.

That means there's no brand information for what products contain lead, but it does show that there's a widespread issue in the USA for trace amounts of lead in food. And samples of Gerber juices were all below the EPA standard for drinking water.

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