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Some baby foods contain toxic metals linked to autism and severe ADHD.
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Exposure to heavy metals can cause irreversible damage to brain development in children
Toxic heavy metals are dangerous to human health, according to the Food and Drug Administration and World Health Organization. Babies and children are especially vulnerable to the neurotoxic effects of heavy metals, including:
Inorganic arsenic | Lead | Cadmium | Mercury
Exposure at even low levels can cause serious, often irreversible damage to the brain development of infants and can affect long-term brain function. Baby food products tainted with heavy metal are sold for infants as young as four months old.
U.S. House Investigates Toxic Metals in Baby Food
A U.S. House Subcommittee of Economic and Consumer Policy review of internal documents and test results from 7 of the largest U.S. baby food manufacturers found high levels of toxic metals in both conventional and organic baby food products, including:
- HappyBABY (Nurture, Inc.)
- Beech-Nut (Beech-Nut Nutrition Company)
- Earth’s Best Organic (Hain Celestial Group)
- Plum Organics (Campbell Soup Company)
- Parent’s Choice (Walmart private brand)
- Sprout Organic Foods (Sprout Foods, Inc.)
Internal company documents show the companies allowed dangerously high levels of toxic heavy metals that far exceeded the levels permitted under existing regulations for other products, such as bottled water.
FDA: Inorganic Arsenic, Lead, Cadmium, and Mercury are Dangerous to Infants
Even low levels of these minerals can add up to a level that is concerning. There is currently no federal standard or warning to parents or caregivers about heavy metals in baby food.
#1 environmental substance that poses significant health risks (Agency for Toxic Substances & Disease Registry—ATSDR)
Damaging effects on central nervous system and cognitive development in children
Studies conclude arsenic exposure has a “significant negative impact on neurodevelopment in children”
Additional Risks of Exposure:
#2 Environmental substance that pose the most significant threat to human health (ATSDR)
Harmful in even small doses and accumulates in the body
Causes behavioral issues, decreased cognitive performance, delayed puberty, reduced postnatal growth
Especially dangerous to infants and young children
Neurological effects from high lead exposure during early childhood:
- Learning disabilities
- Behavioral difficulties
- Lowered IQ
#3 on ATSDR’s list of environmental substances that pose the most significant effect to human health
Prenatal exposure consistently associated with adverse neurodevelopment and poorer estimated IQ
Higher levels at 2 to 3 positively associated with autistic behaviors
#7 on the ATSDR list of environmental substances that pose the most significant risks to human health
- Decrease in IQ, especially in full-scale IQ among boys
- Development of ADHD
We trust manufacturers of baby food to provide safe products for our children. The lawyers at Wagstaff Law Firm are committed to helping parents and their children hold these companies accountable.
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