Lead detected in 20 percent of baby food samples

For instance, only 25 percent of regular apple juice tested positive for lead, while 55 percent of apple juices marketed for babies contained lead.

Of the 2,164 baby food samples, 20 percent had detectable levels of lead.

The products most often found to contain lead were fruit juices, root vegetable-based foods, and certain cookies, such as teething biscuits, the EDF reports.

Lowry - who is not affiliated with the research - said there is no safe level of lead and lead in baby food can contribute to a child's elevated blood lead level. "It can have consequences later in life when it comes to issues around attention, behavior", said Dr. Aparna Bole, a pediatrician with UH Rainbow Babies and Children's Hospital.

By comparison, 14% of non-baby food samples contained lead, which is a naturally occurring element.

The report by the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) found that more than one million children consume more lead than the Food and Drug Administration (FDA)'s limit. An environmental group has reportedly found lead in at least 20 percent of baby food, according to reports. Environmental Protection Agency. Children six years old and younger are especially at risk to the negative health effects of lead exposure, such as behavioral problems, lower IQ, hyperactivity, slowed growth, hearing problems, and anemia. Additionally, the EDF suggests manufacturers conduct more frequent tests during the processing of foods. The allowable level for lead in bottled water is 5 ppb.

The FDA says the administration set a maximum daily lead intake of six micrograms, which is being reviewed, saying on its website, "lead is in food because it is in the environment and lead can not simply be removed from food". "The agency is in the process of reevaluating the analytical methods it uses for determining when it should take action with respect to measured levels of lead in particular foods, including those consumed by infants and toddlers".

The United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) however has said that there are no safe blood lead levels in children identified yet. "Avoiding all sources of exposure of lead poisoning is incredibly important ... but the last thing I would want is for a parent to restrict their child's diet or limit their intake of healthy food groups". Aside from consuming lead through foods, people can inhale lead particles from lead-contaminated dust and water, as well as cosmetics, medicines and wall paints, the World Health Organization wrote.

The reasons for this isn't clear, Neltner said.

  • Rogelio Lindsey