CONSUMER REPORT: Arsenic Found In Baby Food


A new study has found worrisome levels of arsenic in some baby foods, leading researchers to call for regulatory limits on arsenic in food.

The study, conducted by Dartmouth College, found that two of 17 infant formulas listed organic brown rice syrup as the primary ingredient; arsenic is often found in rice. One of the formulas had an arsenic concentration six times the federal limit.

Researchers also found rice-based ingredients in the majority of cereal or energy bars tested for the study. Elevated levels of arsenic were found in apple juice, grape juice, and energy shots popular among endurance athletes.

Researchers have also found arsenic in rice-fortified baby foods, and some fruit and vegetable purees for babies.

“In the absence of regulations for levels of arsenic in food, I would certainly advise parents who are concerned about their children's exposure to arsenic not to feed them formula where brown rice syrup is the main ingredient,” Brian Jackson, Ph.D., lead author of this latest study and a member of Dartmouth’s Superfund Research Program, said in a release.

Jackson said that brown rice syrup typically has higher arsenic concentrations than other sweeteners because the rice takes natural arsenic from the soil, which ends up in the final product.

Researchers say people can take the following precautions to limit arsenic exposure:

-Add variety to your diet if it's currently heavily rice-based.
-Limit children's consumption of formula that has organic brown rice syrup as a main ingredient.
-Limit how many cereal and energy bars you eat. An occasional one is not harmful.

The study was printed in the journal Environment Health Perspectives Thursday. Click here to read more.

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  • by Face Reality Location: cs on Feb 16, 2012 at 12:50 PM
    The USDA should ban all food products from China. This many poison incidents can't be accidental.
  • by Rachel on Feb 16, 2012 at 10:31 AM
    It is wasy to make your own baby food. Take fresh, frozen or canned veggies/ fruit. Puree them in the blender. Pour into an ice tray. Crack frozen ice cubes into a gallon sized bag for small, convenient feedings. Then you can know exactly what your baby is getting.
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      by Lorelei on Feb 16, 2012 at 12:12 PM in reply to Rachel
      you'll never know exactly what's in your food since the pesticides, growth hormones, GMO's are exempt from the truth by the FDA.Thanks to the agro-business lobbies, nobody knows...There's a campaign you can sign online, called "Label it". Google for more info. :)
  • by Anonymous on Feb 16, 2012 at 09:35 AM
    WHY is there so much arsenic in rice???
  • by Nath Location: Colo Spgs on Feb 16, 2012 at 09:01 AM
    Oh great, another health scare tactic. Probably to give justification of Homeland Security's desire to set up the testing lab we saw in the news yesterday. If anyone is scared about this, take a hair sample and have it tested to see how much arsenic you may have in your body. I doubt it will register unless you work with the stuff on your job. Then again, maybe if it is above normal levels in food products, check where it came from - Red China?
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      by MICHAELmATICIAN on Feb 16, 2012 at 10:11 AM in reply to Nath
      Red China hasn't had access to inorganic arsenic since 1972. The police are being contacted about the health scare. Thank you Nath, you are a true Nepoleon.
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        by Rockie V on Feb 16, 2012 at 10:13 AM in reply to MICHAELmATICIAN
        You mean Neopolitan?
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        by mother on Feb 16, 2012 at 01:47 PM in reply to MICHAELmATICIAN
        It is in the water that is used to grow their products. Stay up to date with what is happening via local and nationals news. There was a big how to do about this before christmas! Products from China seem to be the biggest contributor of drinks and food with arsenic in them. Interestingly, that we are not hearing of deaths in China caused by arsenic and yet in history notes, children and babies lost their lives due to arsenic found in their drinking water (of course years after their deaths). Regulations are necessary for all companies to follow and right now it appears we need tougher ones!
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      by john on Feb 16, 2012 at 11:30 AM in reply to Nath
      Nath is getting to be a well know government conspiracy nut case.
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      by wherehaveyouallbeen on Feb 16, 2012 at 01:42 PM in reply to Nath
      Did you not see the edition of Dr. Oz about the amount of arsenic found in juices that our kids drink? Dr. Oz was called everything but you know what; that his testing was not accurate, blah, blah, blah. Then about two weeks later the news media on national t.v. comes out with that the testing that was done and reported with regard to the high levels of arsenic in found in fruit juices were in fact correct! Many of these juices were found in baby drinks as well! Now this. None of know what the long term affects of ingesting this arsenic can or will do to us and our children. Are you willing to risk the health of one of your children or family members. Remember all the lead found in the paint that China used on toys for kids? Our govenment should be more concerned about this than about women not using birth control! People should be concerned about having stiffer regulations both here and abroad to keep this from happening. Arsenic kills. Arsenic is found in the water that is used to grow specific fruit trees and the rice to grow in. We have not idea what this can or could do through the years of constant use. I'm for one not willing to risk it. The advise it to watch the labels as to where your products are coming from. Anything from China I will not purchase period!!
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