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80 percent infant food formula contains arsenic, says study

DECCAN CHRONICLE
Published Oct 30, 2017, 5:22 pm IST
Updated Oct 30, 2017, 5:22 pm IST
Large amount of baby food products contain dangerous chemicals, a new study has found.
The study used Nielsen data to analyse 530 different snacks, cereals, formulas and drinks that had been purchased within the last five months.
 The study used Nielsen data to analyse 530 different snacks, cereals, formulas and drinks that had been purchased within the last five months.

A new study, conducted by The Clean Label Project, a non-profit organisation that advocates consumer transparency found that baby food products contained a large amount of arsenic, lead, cadmium and acrylamide.

The study used Nielsen data to analyse 530 different snacks, cereals, formulas and drinks that had been purchased within the last five months.

 

The product analysis found that 65 per cent contained arsenic, 58 per cent contained cadmium, 36 per cent contained lead and 10 per cent contained acrylamide.

80 per cent of infant formula samples were also found to contain arsenic. Arsenic is a toxin which WHO associates with a slew of health issues such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes and cancer.

While the amounts of each chemical varied with each product, some contained up to 600 parts of arsenic per billion.

A number of these were rice-based products such as crisps and puffs.

The study further found that baby food today had 70 percent more acrylamide than the average French fries. Acrylamide is linked to brain damage and reproductive challenges.

They also found that 60 per cent of products with “BPA free” labels in fact tested positive for bisphenol A, an industrial chemical which is used to make plastic.

Clean Label Project concluded their findings by identifying the top and bottom five cereals, formulas, snacks, drinks and jar meals in terms of dangerous chemical contents.

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