Baby Food Lead and Arsenic Levels: These Are the Brands With Concerning Levels of Heavy Metals

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A mother gives her baby a bottle, October 8, 2012, in Paris. A new Consumer Reports investigation found "troublesome" levels of heavy metals in a variety of popular baby foods currently on the market. Getty

A new Consumer Reports investigation found "troublesome" levels of heavy metals—including arsenic, cadmium and lead—in a variety of baby food products currently on the market.

The nonprofit organization—dedicated to unbiased product reviewing—tested 50 popular packaged baby food products for heavy metals and found that all the samples contained at least one of the worrying metals.

"We found troublesome levels of heavy metals, in particular inorganic arsenic, cadmium, or lead, in every single sample," James Dickerson, Consumer Reports's chief scientific officer, said. "These heavy metals shouldn't be in food, period.''

The report also concluded that 68 percent of the food sampled contained "worrisome" levels of at least one heavy metal, while 15 products tested were found to pose a "potential health risk" if consumed by a baby on a daily basis.

The affected foods include prepared entrees, cereals, popular snacks and packaged fruit and vegetables.

"Babies and toddlers are particularly vulnerable due to their smaller size and developing brains and organ systems," James E. Rogers, Consumer Reports's director of food safety research and testing, said. "They also absorb more of the heavy metals that get into their bodies than adults do."

According to a Nature study conducted last year, young children who are exposed to high levels of heavy metal may experience developmental delays.

These are the 15 products that Consumer Reports recommends limiting to less than one serving a day:

Gerber Chicken & Rice

Gerber Turkey & Rice

Gerber Lil' Meals White Turkey Stew with Rice & Vegetables

Gerber Carrot, Pear & Blackberry

Gerber Carrots Peas & Corn with Lil' Bits

Earth's Best Organic Chicken & Brown Rice

Earth's Best Turkey, Red Beans & Brown Rice

Earth's Best Organic Sweet Potatoes, 1st Stage

Earth's Best Organic Whole Grain Rice Cereal

Earth's Best Organic Sunny Days Snack Bars, Strawberry

Sprout Organic Baby Food Garden Vegetables Brown Rice with Turkey

Plum Organics Just Sweet Potato Organic Baby Food

Beech-Nut Classics Sweet Potatoes

Happy Baby Organics Superfood Puffs, Apple & Broccoli

Happy Baby Organics Superfood Puffs, Purple Carrot & Blueberry

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