According to a report that didn’t specify brand names, the Environmental Defense Fund said that twenty percent of baby food samples experimented over ten years were found contain a certain amount of lead.
The report from the nonprofit group was an outcome of a study on the data from Food and Drug Administration (FDA) from 2003 – 2013. Out of the 2,164 samples, 86% of sweet potatoes, about 89% of grape juice, and 47% of teething biscuits proved to contain evident levels of leads.
Cumulative effects of the lead is not healthy
According to the study author, Tom Neltner, although the detected lead levels were low, continuous consumption of such foods makes it accumulate. All the baby food samples tested did not exceed the FDA’s swallowable lead levels, but due to the idea that the present standards do not portray the modern scientific discoveries about possible health risks especially in children, FDA is at the point of rechecking its standards.
A pediatrician and Chairperson of the American Academy of Pediatrics’ Council on Environmental Health, Jennifer Lowry, said that the obligation lies on FDA to review their standards and make it clear that there is no healthy lead level. She further said the standards of FDA are outdated, and they’re yet to update in the past decades.
CDC’s guidance for lead in kids
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention updated the guide on children and lead intake – this was in 2012. According to the upgrade, having 5 micrograms of lead per deciliter of blood is a high level, although there is no safe amount of lead in the body system of a child due to its adverse effect on child development.
CDC also made it clear that IQ disorder, poor academic performance and inability to pay attention have been proven to be associated with low levels of lead in the blood. Consequently, pediatricians advocate that children should consume lots of various vegetables and fruits, as these cuts down the risk of a particular food. CDC reiterated that foods rich in calcium, vitamin C, and iron could help stop lead absorption.
Likewise, the American Academy of Pediatrics disclosed juice consumption limits lately. In a bid to make parents control their children’s juice intake, they suggested that children below the age of 1 should not take juices. The FDA reemphasized their goal of protecting the human health by cutting down the human lead exposure is cut down to the barest minimum. FDA also says that elements of lead in the food we eat also come from the surroundings. However, the lead content in baby food cannot be classified as coming from the soil or other areas.
According to a fact sheet by FDA, crops become lead-inevitable if the lead is in the soil because the plants will absorb them while they grow.