Contaminants in Baby Food - Is Nothing Sacred?
● Published by Sandy Kauten
This week the Clean Label
Project (CLP), a recently formed non-profit, released results from its
data analysis of potentially harmful contaminants found in baby food. The
first ‘CLP Magnified List, Baby
Food’, found at www.cleanlabelproject.org,
highlights the products that meet or exceed standards established by CLP’s
Medical Advisory Board. Nineteen percent of the tested products met these
standards and are not particular to any organic or conventional brand,
manufacturer or retailer.
As news reports continue to uncover
contaminants like arsenic and lead in food and water, consumers have been
unable to make informed choices about the foods they buy that contain such
substances, until now. CLP, based in Denver, Colorado, is the first and only
organization to provide consumers with information to help them choose the
purest* foods based on independent laboratory tests for 130 additives and
chemicals that do not appear on ingredient labels, including arsenic, lead,
cadmium, antibiotic and pesticide residues.
The CLP Magnified List, Baby Food
- Only one toddler snack made the list, largely due to
arsenic levels in rice-based snacks.
- 80 percent of infant formulas and 60 percent of meat
and dairy baby food jars tested contained detectable antibiotic residues.
- 33 percent of jars and meals tested had detectable
- 15 percent of all products tested exceeded the FDA/EPA
drinking water limit for arsenic, some by at least 20 times as much.
- Heavy metal impurities were found in both organic and
non-organic products. Organic certification regulates the food
production process, not finished products. CLP tested finished products
off grocery store shelves for 130 contaminants, including heavy metals.
- Price is not an indication of purity.
Testing was conducted on 628 baby
food products, representing approximately 90 percent of the market’s top
selling brands purchased in 2014, 2015 and 2016. CLP used an accredited,
independent lab to blind test packaged foods for toxic and heavy metals,
pesticides, bisphenol A (BPA), antibiotics, food coloring and flavors, and
other unwanted substances. The data was reviewed by an advisory board of physicians, epidemiologists and
food scientists who analyzed the risks of each tested substance using a
proprietary algorithm to set a benchmark for foods that make the “CLP Magnified
List” of the purest* products. Products that did not reach the CLP benchmark
were not included on the list.
“We are sharing recommendations
based on tested and benchmarked data so that consumers can make informed
choices about which are the purest* food products on store shelves,” said Doug
Porter, board chair of CLP. “We are a consumer advocacy group that exists
to promote food products with the lowest levels of contaminants within a
product category. We want to help consumers see beyond the label so they
can make more informed choices,” he noted.
CLP’s vision is a cleaner food
supply for everyone. CLP hopes that educating consumers to demand cleaner food
will result in increasing change within the complex food-supply chain.
The ‘CLP Magnified List, Baby Food’
is the first of many food and household product categories that will be
analyzed by CLP for contaminants. Consumers, retailers and manufacturers can
access the recommendations at www.cleanlabelproject.org.
The CLP community can be found on Facebook and Twitter.
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