According to the research conducted by Healthy Baby Bright Futures (HBBF) on 17th October 2019, toxic metals harmful to the brain development of infants were found in 95% of tested baby foods. Of the 168 foods tested nationwide, 94% contained lead, 73% contained arsenic, 75% contained cadmium and 32% contained mercury. The food tested covered 61 brands and 13 foods, including infant formula, teething biscuits, cereals, and juices. They are primarily chosen by parents who volunteer to participate in the HBB partner organization. Parents are required to purchase food from the most popular baby food brands at local stores. Other meals are purchased online. Lead is the most severe violation of metals in 94% of baby food. Cadmium and arsenic are followed by about three-quarters of baby foods, with mercury being the least common and mercury found in one-third of baby food.
Studies have shown that baby food including all four metals which accounted for 26%. The study said: “Compared with other baby foods, the content of arsenic, lead, and cadmium in puffs and other snacks made from rice flour is relatively high, while teething biscuits and rice bran usually contain arsenic, lead, and cadmium.” The report also stated that: “Rice is the main source of arsenic exposure in young children and parents are advised to serve their children.” Instead of rice, other grains such as oats, wheat, and barley can help reduce arsenic exposure in the home. The organization hopes the US Food and Drug Administration will set health-based limits for trace chemicals to protect the baby’s brain from eating.
Food brands participating in the test include Gerber, Enfamil, Parent’s Choice,Plum Organics,Beech-Nut, Ella’s Kitchen, Sprout, Similac, Happy Family, Earth’s Best, Up&Up, and 50 other brands, which may be found in the earlier report. The types of food range from formula and juice to puff snacks, teething biscuits, rice cereals, meat cans, fruits, and vegetables. Retailers who purchase these foods for testing include Amazon, Wal-Mart, Safeway,Target, Kroger, Whole Foods, Dollar Tree, and other stores listed in the original report.