10 Apr '11, 9pm

'Alarming' levels of arsenic and toxic metals found in baby food: LONDON - Baby foods used to wean infants off m...

LONDON - Baby foods used to wean infants off milk have been found to contain "alarming" levels of toxic contaminants including arsenic, lead and cadmium, in tests conducted in Sweden. The products tested by researchers were made by major baby food manufacturers including Organix, Hipp, Nestle and Holle. Researchers found feeding infants twice a day on the shop-bought baby foods such as rice porridge can increase their exposure to arsenic by up to fifty times when compared to breast feeding alone. Exposure to other toxic metals such as cadmium, which is known to cause neurological and kidney damage, increased by up to 150 times in some of the foods tested, while lead increased by up to eight times. Although none of the levels of the toxic elements found in the foods exceeded official safety limits, scientists believe they are still of concern if fed to very young children a...

Full article: http://www.todayonline.com/World/EDC110411-0000325/Alarmi...

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