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Arsenic Found in Baby Formula

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Baby NewsA recent study, published in the Environmental Health Perspectives, found high levels of arsenic in infant formula and cereal bars. The source of arsenic: organic brown rice syrup. 

 
Some organic baby formulas use organic brown rice syrup in lieu of high fructose corn syrup as a sweetener and source of carbohydrate. Unfortunately, babies are especially vulnerable to the toxic effects of arsenic. Currently, health experts do not know what levels are safe for infants.

 Researchers from the study found an organic formula which uses organic brown rice syrup as its main ingredient had arsenic levels up to 6 times the Environmental Protection Agency’s safe limit for drinking water (10 parts per billion). ABC News found Baby’s Only Organic Dairy Toddler Formula and Baby’s Only Organic Soy Toddler Formula by Nature’s One as formulas which use organic brown rice syrup as their main ingredient. Nature’s One uses organic brown rice syrup as source of carbohydrates in their formula and released this statement in response to parental concern:

 
“Nature’s One’s California based supplier of U.S. grown organic brown rice syrup uses a  qualified, world renowned, third-party, independent lab to test arsenic levels in their  organic brown rice syrup.  Their testing results report undetectable amounts of arsenic at laboratory testing limits.  The Environmental Science & Technology extensively tested rice and found California organic brown rice to be the lowest for arsenic [Environ Health  Perspective. 2007 June; 115(6): A296].
 
As an organic manufacturer, Nature’s One’s primary concern is the amount of environmental chemicals ingested by infants, toddlers and children.  Parents can rest assured that Nature’s One will test arsenic levels for every lot of organic brown rice syrup and organic rice oligodextrin prior to production.”
 
 
Since infants are very vulnerable to the toxic effects of arsenic, many experts are encouraging parents to avoid formulas listing brown rice syrup or organic brown rice syrup as an ingredient.
 
 
 Arsenic in Baby Food
 

 

Sources:

Environmental Protection Agency: Arsenic in Drinking Water
Jackson BP, Taylor VF, Karagas MR, Punshon T, Cottingham KL 2012. Arsenic, Organic Foods, and Brown Rice Syrup. Environ Health Perspect:-. http://dx.doi.org/10.1289/ehp.1104619 
NATURE’S ONE RESPONDS: Arsenic & Other Toxins in U.S. Food Supply
 

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