Cinnaminson, NJ, March 26th
In February, the Subcommittee on Economic and Consumer Policy in the U.S. House of Representatives released Baby Foods Are Tainted with Dangerous Levels of Arsenic, Lead, Cadmium, and Mercury
. To create the staff report, the Subcommittee requested internal documents and test results from seven of the largest baby food manufacturers in the United States, including both makers of organic and conventional products. The report states that four of the companies responded while the other three did not.
According to the Subcommittee's internal company documents and test results, commercial baby foods are tainted with significant levels of toxic heavy metals, including arsenic, lead, cadmium, and mercury. Exposure to toxic heavy metals can cause a permanent decrease in IQ, diminished future economic productivity, and increased risk of future criminal and antisocial behavior in children. Toxic heavy metals endanger infant neurological development and long-term brain function.
The Subcommittee ends the staff report with the statement that the time is now for the FDA to determine whether there is any safe exposure level for babies to inorganic arsenic, lead, cadmium, and mercury, to require manufacturers to meet those levels and to inform consumers through labels.
"Most parents would be shocked to think there is a possibility of dangerous levels of heavy metals in the foods they're feeding their children," said Joe Frasca, Senior Vice President, Marketing at EMSL Analytical, Inc. Therefore, at EMSL Analytical, we offer food testing and labeling services. These services are available to manufacturers, importers, distributors, retailers, regulators, health professionals, and the general public."
To learn more about food and beverage testing or labeling services, please visit www.FoodTestingLab.com
, call (800) 220-3675 or email info@EMSL.com
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