You want nothing but the best for your little ones, especially when it comes to what they eat and drink. Baby food is your infant’s first introduction to eating and happiness, and safety is key. Unfortunately, a new study has revealed that many of the brands that parents count on, may not be as safe as they thought.
According to a report by USA Today, the Clean Label Project, a non-profit advocating for transparency in food labeling, recently conducted tests on baby food, infant formulas, toddler drinks and snacks. After testing over 500 baby food products, the study concluded that “65% of products tested positive for arsenic, 36% for lead, 58% for cadmium and 10% for acrylamide.”
As reported, major brands like Enfamil, Gerber, and Plum Organics scored among the worst, earning “two out of five in the Clean Label Project’s report card for toxic metals.” 60% of products that were labeled as BPA-free were found to contain some level of the chemical. Arsenic popped up as the most common chemical found, with nearly 80% of formulas testing positive. A full listing of all the products tested and their scores can be found here.
Are you concerned about the safety of the baby food you buy in stores? Share your thoughts in the comments.