Study finds “worrisome” levels of metals in some baby foods

The testing, done by Consumer Reports, revealed many baby foods contain heavy metals, such as lead, cadmium and inorganic arsenic. Of the 50 products were tested, about two-thirds had what Consumer Reports calls "worrisome" amounts detected. (Photo: SBG)

(KUTV) - There have been a slew of reports in recent months and years about "heavy metals" being found in the stuff we consume. For example, sometimes dangerous levels of lead are found in drinking water or high levels of mercury are sometimes found in fish.

Now, new testing indicates that the stuff we feed our kids is no exception.

The testing, done by Consumer Reports, revealed many baby foods contain heavy metals, such as lead, cadmium and inorganic arsenic. Of the 50 products were tested, about two-thirds had what Consumer Reports calls "worrisome" amounts detected.

Consumer Reports reached out to the national companies which make the 50 products in question. Each said it does testing to make sure they are in compliance with federal and state standards. Gerber, for one, told Consumer Reports it would be “reviewing [its] protocols for further improvement.”

Exposure to heavy metals at an early age may impact a child's brain’s development. Still, Consumer Reports says parents should not panic. Rather, Chief Scientific Officer James Dickerson says parents should use the information to better monitor what their kids eat.

“If you’ve been feeding these foods to your children, reduce the amounts they are consuming per day or per week,” he said. “If you’re really concerned about it, talk to your doctor.”

The most at-risk products were those that contain rice and sweet potato, Consumer Reports found, which get the metals from the soil.

More information on the testing can be found at ConsumerReports.org.

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