High levels of arsenic and lead in foods and juices designed for children

High levels of lead have been found in many foods and juices designed and marketed for children according to a press release by the Environmental Law Foundation (www.envirolaw.org).  An independent study by the St. Petersburg Times last spring revealed between 25 and 35 parts per billion of arsenic in the 18 samples of  apple juice they tested.

LEAD FOUND IN CHILDREN’S FOODS AND BABY FOODS; LEGAL NOTICES SENT TO LAW ENFORCEMENT

On June 9, 2010 the Environmental Law Foundation filed Notices of Violation of California Proposition 65 Toxics Right to Know law, alleging the toxic chemical lead was found in a variety of children’s and baby foods.  A testing program by ELF found the toxic chemical lead in a variety of children’s and baby foods.  The food categories are: apple juice, grape juice, packaged pears and peaches (including baby food), and fruit cocktail. A list of the companies and products named appears in the Notice of Violation. Additional information can be found here.

ARSENIC IN APPLE JUICE:  HOW MUCH IS TOO MUCH?
St. Petersburg Times March 14, 2010

Note:  I read the following article in the St. Petersburg Times last spring and was very disturbed to learn of the levels of arsenic in apple juice.  It is equally disturbing that the FDA (Food and Drug Administration) has made the decision not to set limits on arsenic levels in apple juice.  In 2006, the federal government lowered the limit for arsenic in drinking water from 50 parts per billion to 10 ppb.  According to the article, more than one fourth of the 18 samples of apple juice tested contained between 25 and 35 ppm of arsenic–amounts that surpass the Food and Drug Administration’s “level of concern” for heavy metals in juice.
Parents must demand that limits for arsenic be set for juices.  Many experts believe that juices should be held to the same standard as drinking water.  Check out the article and take action to protect your children:
59H 2010 Arsenic in Apple Juice How Much is Too Much Florida St. Petersburg Times March 14, 2010.pdf

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