The one thing we all trust to provide our children with a healthy and balanced diet is baby food, right? Perhaps we have been misplacing our trust all this time. According to a report from the US House Committee on Oversight and Reform, high levels of metals such as Lead, Arsenic, and Cadmium have been found in juices, rice cereals, snack puffs, and sweet potato purée. These metals are toxic and are potentially problematic when consumed in high amounts. The four companies which the report was based on are Gerber, Nurture, Beech-Nut, and Hain.
Baby food made from all four companies was found to contain the metals Lead, Arsenic, and Cadmium. Another toxic metal, Mercury, was also found in baby food produced at Nurture. These toxic metals have been known to cause permanent damage to developing brains. Some of the problems that these metals have been known to cause are autism and attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). The FDA has been working toward reducing the levels of these toxic metals as much as possible. The agency stated that these elements occur in our air, water, and soil. Thus, there are limits to how low these levels can be.
However, we can rest assured that there are things being done to ensure that our children are safe and have limited exposure to these toxic metals. This report goes to show that we can never be too sure about the safety of the food we give to our kids. Though we cannot live in constant paranoia, this is a good lesson that safety is never a given and we should always do our research.