Baby Food Can Be a Source of Lead

As reported in the Salem, Oregon Statesman Journal on June 15, 2017, “Low levels of lead contaminate many of the foods Americans eat, including nearly all categories of baby food, a report by the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) shows.”

The EDF also reports that “no child get high levels of lead from food alone, but low levels of lead cause a lot of harm to kids across the country”, said Tom Neltner, EDF’s chemicals policy director.

Neltner suggests that parents talk with their child’s pediatrician about ways to reduce lead exposure, and should contact makers of their favorite food brands to ask whether the company regularly tests for lead and ensures that levels remain below 1 part per billion.

EDF estimates that eliminating lead in food would save so society more than $27 billion annually in total lifetime earnings from saved IQ points.