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    A new study released in late August by Environmental Protection Agency found that baby products sold at Dollarama and Dollar Tree contain heavy metals such as lead and other toxic chemicals. The report revealed the presence of phthalates, bisphenols and “permanent chemicals” or PFAS in various foods, toys and baby products. These chemicals are particularly harmful to vulnerable people such as children. Activity tracker and earphones for kids exceed 8,000 times the outdoor lead level for children’s products. “Despite the tendency of these products to break open and expose their dangerous hidden components, there is a lack of regulation for lead in products,” said Cassie Barker, senior program manager for toxics at Environmental Protection. This regulatory loophole is a loophole that dollar stores use to sell products with high levels of lead without breaking the law. According to the expert, there should be no safety limit for lead. Children’s products should not contain this dangerous substance. According to the report, one in four products tested contained toxic chemicals, including lead in children’s products and electronics such as headphones. All...
    A new study released in late August by Environmental Protection Agency found that baby products sold at Dollarama and Dollar Tree contain heavy metals such as lead and other toxic chemicals. The report revealed the presence of phthalates, bisphenols and “permanent chemicals” or PFAS in various foods, toys and baby products. These chemicals are particularly harmful to vulnerable people such as children. Activity tracker and earphones for kids exceed 8,000 times the outdoor lead level for children’s products. “Despite the tendency of these products to break open and expose their dangerous hidden components, there is a lack of regulation for lead in products,” said Cassie Barker, senior program manager for toxics at Environmental Protection. This regulatory loophole is a loophole that dollar stores use to sell products with high levels of lead without breaking the law. According to the expert, there should be no safety limit for lead. Children’s products should not contain this dangerous substance. According to the report, one in four products tested contained toxic chemicals, including lead in children’s products and electronics such as headphones. All receipts...
    (CNN)Making baby food at home with store-bought produce isn't going to reduce the amount of toxic heavy metals in the food your baby eats, according to a new report released exclusively to CNN."We found no evidence to suggest that homemade baby foods made from store-bought produce are better than store-bought baby foods when it comes to heavy metal contamination," said the paper's coauthor Jane Houlihan, research director for Healthy Babies, Bright Futures. An alliance of nonprofits, scientists and donors HBBF, which produced the report, has a stated mission of reducing babies' exposures to neurotoxic chemicals.READ MORE: Manufacturers allowed baby food contaminated with heavy metals to remain on shelves, lawmakers sayResearchers tested 288 foods bought at stores and farmers markets across the United States -- including grains, fruits, vegetables, snacks, teething foods, and family items that babies eat, such as cereals and rice cakes -- for lead, arsenic, mercury and cadmium. Those heavy metals are among the World Health Organization's top 10 chemicals of concern for infants and children. "Toxic metal exposure can be harmful to the developing brain. It's been...
    GARDENERS have been warned that their habit could leave them at an increased risk of heart disease. Medics found that pollutants in the soil could have a 'detrimental effect on the cardiovascular system'. 1Gardeners have been warned about the possible dangers lurking in their soilCredit: Getty The results of the analysis pushed experts to recommend that people wear a face mask, if they are in close contact with the soil. Experts at the University Medical Center Mainz, Germany said pollution of air, water and soil is responsible for at least nine million deaths each year. They highlighted that more than 60 per cent of pollution-related deaths are due to heart issues such as strokes, heart attacks, heart rhythm disorders and chronic ischaemic heart disease. Writing in Cardiovascular Research, a journal of the European Society of Cardiology, the authors said soil pollutants include heavy metals, pesticides, and plastics. Read more on gardening WOOD YOU BELIEVE IT? Four common errors that are ruining your garden & killing your plants They state that contaminated soil could then lead to increasing oxidative stress in the...
    All living organisms need heavy metals like zinc and iron to survive and properly function. But increasingly, metals from industrial waste, mining, landfills, and even overcrowded cemeteries are leaching into the environment and contaminating it. Exposure to heavy metals like arsenic, cadmium, and lead—even at low concentrations—can seriously threaten human health and the planet’s biodiversity. One solution to this type of contamination may be tiny robots. In a study published Tuesday in the journal Nature Communications, researchers at the University of Chemistry and Technology in Prague have created magnetic, temperature-sensitive “nanorobots” that can pick up and dispose of pollutants in water. In recent years, scientists have been greatly interested in harnessing nanotechnology to address water pollution and wastewater treatment. Conventional water treatment systems often require multiple, complicated steps to clear contaminants out of water. And many of these steps leave behind many pollutants like metals. Some novel nanomaterials get around this problem by utilizing a high surface-to-volume ratio and by targeting specific toxins. Using nanorobots to clean up the sludge isn’t exactly a cakewalk. One problem with using these...
    MIAMI (CBSMiami) – Most of us shake spices on our food and add them to our recipes without much thought. But Consumer Reports found there could be problems with some of them. READ MORE: Miami-Dade Schools Revises COVID-19 Protocols, Masks Required For Adults, Strongly Urged For Students “Of all the spices that we investigated, one-third of them had concerning levels of heavy metals: lead, cadmium or arsenic,” said James Dickerson, chief scientific officer with Consumer Reports. Dickerson says Consumer Reports tested 126 herbs and spices from 38 different companies. Concerning levels of heavy metals were detected in every brand of oregano and thyme tested. The metals were also found in almost all brands of ginger and basil tested, and in around half of the paprika and turmeric brands that were tested. Studies have shown that frequent exposure to lead, cadmium, and arsenic can be damaging over time. READ MORE: South Florida Celebrations To Ring In The New Year“For children, during their early stages of development, these heavy metals can adversely impact their neurological development as well as the respiratory...
    A NEW study warns that cannabis users could be ingesting carcinogenic metals when they smoke marijuana. Researchers in Pennsylvania have found that cannabis plants can absorb cancer-causing heavy metals such as lead, mercury, and cadmium from soils. 2Certain weed strains may be filled with cancer-causing heavy metalsCredit: Getty - Contributor "The heavy-metal content of cannabis is not regulated; therefore, consumers could unknowingly be exposed to these toxic metals," said Louis Bengyella, assistant research professor of plant science at Penn State University.  The strains most susceptible to heavy-metal absorption include those bred specifically for 'phytoremediation,' which is when a plant is grown to remove elemental pollutants or lower its bioavailability in soil. The researchers found that the cannabis strains used for phytoremediation possess specific physical traits such as long-stem length, high roots, and dependence on few nutrients for survival -- which can perpetuate the absorption of heavy metals.  The team also found that lead, cadmium, and chromium specifically can travel up through the plant's stalk and into the leaves and flowers.  Heavy metals seeping into cannabis crops, which are later harvested...
    Cannabis plants may absorb carcinogenic heavy metals such as lead, mercury and cadmium from soils, experts have warned.  Researchers in Pennsylvania have conducted a 'meta-analysis' of previous studies to examine the ability of cannabis plants to absorb heavy metals.  They report that some cannabis strains have been bred specifically for 'phytoremediation' – growing plants to remove pollutants from soils.  But this risks heavy metals seeping into cannabis crops that are later harvested and smoked by humans, potentially causing cancer and neurological issues.  Heavy metal contaminants could be dangerous for people who ingest them, the researchers say, including cancer patients who use medical marijuana.  A new meta-analysis examines the ability of cannabis plants to absorb heavy metals and discusses the resulting health impacts on consumers (stock image) PHYTOREMEDIATION Phytoremediation is the use of plants to remove pollutants from soils, air or water.   Phytoremediation is a good way of targeting heavy metal accumulation in soils in hazardous environments, such as nuclear sites.   Heavy metal soil accumulation has been rapidly increased due to various natural processes and industrial activities.  Source: Front. Plant Sci/CPEO.org  The researchers, Penn State University,...
    (CNN) — Gerber and Beech-Nut failed to properly test and remove baby foods with dangerous levels of inorganic arsenic from the market, while Sprout Foods Inc., Walmart’s Parent’s Choice and Campbell’s Plum Organics baby food were lax in testing and controlling for heavy metals such as lead, mercury and cadmium, according to a US Congressional report released Wednesday by the House Subcommittee on Economic and Consumer Policy. “Today’s report reveals that companies not only under-report the high levels of toxic content in their baby food, but also knowingly keep toxic products on the market,” said Democratic Rep. Raja Krishnamoorthi of Illinois, chair of the House Subcommittee on Economic and Consumer Policy, which conducted the investigation. READ MORE: Dedicated Ravens Fan Commemorates Season Wins With TattoosSeveral baby food manufacturers CNN contacted disagree with the subcommittee’s assessment, and all say they are committed to working closely with the US Food and Drug Administration to address the issue. Arsenic and other heavy metals are natural elements found in soil, water and air. Rice, which is a common ingredient in baby cereal, is grown...
    (CNN)It's official: There's a limit on how much arsenic can be in your baby's cereal.The US Food and Drug Administration issued its final guidance on limiting the levels of inorganic arsenic found in infant rice cereal on Wednesday -- capping the level of arsenic allowable at 100 parts per billion. That's the same level it proposed in 2016.The guidance applies to all types of infant rice cereals: White, brown, organically grown and conventionally grown rice, the agency said. The action prompted immediate criticism from consumer advocacy groups. Consumer Reports, which has studied levels of arsenic and other toxic metals in baby food, applauded the FDA for its action but wanted more.Read More"The FDA's action is an important first step, but the agency needs to be far more aggressive in protecting young children from the dangers of arsenic and other heavy metals in food," said Brian Ronholm, the director of food policy for Consumer Reports, in a statement.Nearly all toddlers, and the majority of babies, eat too much added sugar in the US, study says"Parents can take a number of steps...
    NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — A congressional report released Wednesday found disturbing levels of toxic heavy metals in baby food. The house subcommittee report describes dangerous levels of arsenic, lead, cadmium and mercury in major baby food brands. READ MORE: Fight Over A Big House On A Small Lot Heats Up In HarrisonAs CBS2’s Dr. Max Gomez reports, those toxins can be especially dangerous to developing babies and toddlers. Most of these metals are what we call neurotoxins. Even tiny amounts can impede a child’s IQ, hinder brain development, lead to behavioral problems, perhaps increase cancer risk and raise the chances of many other diseases. But here’s the dilemma — safe thresholds have not been set for most foods. The Food and Drug Administration doesn’t have standards for arsenic in baby food, except for rice cereals. READ MORE: Brian Laundrie Went Camping With Parents After Returning Home Without Fiancée Gabby PetitoConcerning levels of lead, arsenic, mercury and cadmium can routinely be found in many foods, including rice, sweet potatoes, carrots, juices and spices because crops can uptake the toxins from soils....
    (CNN)Gerber and Beech-Nut failed to properly test and remove baby foods with dangerous levels of inorganic arsenic from the market, while Sprout Foods Inc., Walmart's Parent's Choice and Campbell's Plum Organics baby food were lax in testing and controlling for heavy metals such as lead, mercury and cadmium, according to a US Congressional report released Wednesday by the House Subcommittee on Economic and Consumer Policy."Today's report reveals that companies not only under-report the high levels of toxic content in their baby food, but also knowingly keep toxic products on the market," said Democratic Rep. Raja Krishnamoorthi of Illinois, chair of the House Subcommittee on Economic and Consumer Policy, which conducted the investigation.Several baby food manufacturers CNN contacted disagree with the subcommittee's assessment, and all say they are committed to working closely with the US Food and Drug Administration to address the issue.Arsenic and other heavy metals are natural elements found in soil, water and air. Rice, which is a common ingredient in baby cereal, is grown submersed in water and is especially good at absorbing inorganic arsenic, the most toxic...
    A House subcommittee is increasing pressure on the Food and Drug Administration to increase its standards regulating the amount of arsenic and heavy metals in food marketed for babies and toddlers and encouraging brands to phase out ingredients that are difficult to keep below the regulated amounts. The Subcommittee on Economic and Consumer Policy, which operates under the House Oversight and Reform Committee, released the report on Wednesday as a follow-up to its initial findings in February. Beech-Nut, Gerber, Walmart, Plum Organics, and Sprout Foods were among the companies implicated by the report for having low testing standards that allowed too much arsenic, mercury, lead, and cadmium in their baby food. While these substances are present at the same rates in most other foods, they can harm the neurological development of young children in even very small amounts. Though these are naturally occurring, pesticides and other environmental factors have increased their presence in food over the past few decades. The subcommittee asked the FDA to institute its "Closer to Zero" action plan as soon as possible, which...
    Are children and the general public in Luxembourg more exposed to heavy metals? In a parliamentary question, Deputy DP Casti Gross describes the results of a study conducted in France: “Frequent intake of vegetables from organic farming is associated with an increase in the concentration of copper in the urine”. He wonders about the interest of such an investigation in Luxembourg. Health Minister Ballet Lenard confirmed on Tuesday that no such study had been launched in Luxembourg. And there is nothing like it in the pipe. This does not prevent government services from being vigilant on the issue through “targeted measures”. Resident exposure to heavy metals is indirectly monitored by national monitoring programs. In fact, samples taken to assess consumer exposure are explored for undesirable substances from a health perspective. Thus, trends can be identified and potential health risks can be identified quickly, ”the minister assured. Lead, Mercury, Arsenic … Among the heavy metals most often “associated with human poisoning” are lead, mercury, arsenic, cadmium and tin. Since 2009, 4,827 analyzes have been conducted on beverages and food in Luxembourg....
    When Erin Babnik awoke on the morning of Nov. 8, 2018, in Paradise, Calif., she thought the reddish glow outside was a hazy sunrise. But the faint light soon gave way to darkness as smoke from the burgeoning Camp fire rolled in. “The whole sky turned completely black, and there were embers flying around,” Babnik recalled. “I remember it smelling horrible.” She hastily evacuated to nearby Chico with little more than an overnight bag. Her rented home, along with nearly every other structure in Paradise, would soon be reduced to ash. Although several years have passed and thousands of additional wildfires have ignited across California, researchers are still unpacking the precise dangers of smoke from blazes like the Camp fire. Already this year, plumes from Western fires are making their way across much of the U.S. and Canada. One recent study found that smoke from the Camp fire was particularly noxious because it contained particulates from burned homes as well as vegetation — something officials fear will become more common as home-building pushes farther into the state’s wildlands. Another study...
    (CNN)US lawmakers announced they will propose a new bill to limit the amount of heavy metals contained in baby food after a congressional investigation found that food manufacturers had knowingly sold baby food to parents that contained dangerous levels of lead, mercury, arsenic and cadmium. Leading baby food manufacturers knowingly sold products with high levels of toxic metals, a congressional investigation foundAll of these heavy metals have been linked to cancer, chronic disease and neurotoxic effects, but it's the damage that can be done to a developing baby's brain that makes baby food toxicity a critical concern.From conception through the age of 2, babies' brains are extremely sensitive to neurotoxic chemicals, said Jane Houlihan, the national director of science and health for Healthy Babies Bright Futures, a coalition of advocates committed to reducing babies' exposures to neurotoxic chemicals."Their brain is forming rapidly, and so when they're exposed to metals that can interrupt those natural processes, the impacts range from behavioral problems to aggression to IQ loss and all kinds of cognitive and behavioral deficits that can persist throughout life,"...
    A new way of discover new deposits of metals fromrare earth, considered the gold of the 21st century for its massive use in new technologies, has been featured in the magazine Geology. As rare as they are appreciated, the best known and most economically viable sources of rare earths they are in china, where more than 80% of world production is refined. This has resulted in a near-monopoly situation, with China dominating international trade, particularly in heavy rare earths. Rare earth metals they are irreplaceable for the manufacture of advanced high-tech industrial products due to its luminescent and catalytic properties. They are used to make permanent magnets that are a vital part of modern electronics in televisions, smartphones, laptops, jet engines and rocket guidance systems, as well as in solar and wind power plants, electric motors, and in medical engineering. Contrary to what its name might suggest, sources of rare earth elements or rare earth metals are fairly evenly distributed throughout the world. However, there are very few sources that are economically viable. Geologists from the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg...
    The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Friday signaled that it intends to address toxic elements in baby foods after a congressional report found that heavy metals were present in some baby foods. The agency said in a statement that it will “soon be putting into action a plan aimed at reducing toxic elements in foods for babies and young children to levels as low as is reasonably achievable.”  The FDA said it intended to focus on increased inspections at facilities and boosting sampling of baby foods. In a letter, the agency reminded manufacturers to “consider chemical hazards that may be present in foods” when performing hazard analysis on their products.  The announcement comes one month after the House Oversight Subcommittee on Economic and Consumer Policy released a report finding that some internal company standards “permit dangerously high levels of toxic heavy metals in baby food.” Some of the foods examined contained levels of arsenic, lead and cadmium. In a statement on Friday, Subcommittee Chairman Raja KrishnamoorthiSubramanian (Raja) Raja KrishnamoorthiBipartisan bill would ban lawmakers from buying, selling...
    All baby food manufacturers must consider toxic chemicals when they test their baby food for potential hazards, the US Food and Drug Administration said Friday."We appreciate your attention to your obligation to consider potential chemical hazards, including toxic elements, when conducting a hazard analysis," wrote Susan Mayne, director of the FDA Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition, and Dr. Janet Woodcock, the FDA's acting commissioner of food and drugs, in a letter addressed to all baby and toddler food manufacturers and processors.The FDA action came one month after a congressional investigation found several baby food manufacturers knowingly sold baby food that contained high levels of toxic heavy metals.RELATED: Toxic metals including arsenic, lead found in popular baby foods: Report"We presented evidence of a pervasive problem of toxic heavy metals in baby foods, and when we asked the Biden Administration's FDA for help in addressing it, they were very concerned and responsive," said Democratic Rep. Raja Krishnamoorthi of Illinois, chair of the House Subcommittee on Economic and Consumer Policy, which conducted the investigation, signed by the Democratic members."This represents a...
    (CNN)All baby food manufacturers must consider toxic chemicals when they test their baby food for potential hazards, the US Food and Drug Administration said Friday."We appreciate your attention to your obligation to consider potential chemical hazards, including toxic elements, when conducting a hazard analysis," wrote Susan Mayne, director of the FDA Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition, and Dr. Janet Woodcock, the FDA's acting commissioner of food and drugs, in a letter addressed to all baby and toddler food manufacturers and processors.The FDA action came one month after a congressional investigation found several baby food manufacturers knowingly sold baby food that contained high levels of toxic heavy metals. "We presented evidence of a pervasive problem of toxic heavy metals in baby foods, and when we asked the Biden Administration's FDA for help in addressing it, they were very concerned and responsive," said Democratic Rep. Raja Krishnamoorthi of Illinois, chair of the House Subcommittee on Economic and Consumer Policy, which conducted the investigation, signed by the Democratic members.In the announcement, the FDA put manufacturers on notice that exposure to toxic...
    New York : The highest levels of heavy mentals have been found in foods with rice or tubers. Photo: Andrea Piacquadio / Pexels Inorganic arsenic, lead, cadmium, and mercury are toxic heavy metals. These metals can be found in commercial brand baby foods at levels above what the federal government considers safe for children, according to a recent congressional report dated February 4, 2021. This report was requested after it was discovered in 2019 that of 168 baby food products, 95% contained at least one heavy metal. The highest levels were in foods with rice or tubers, such as carrots and sweet potatoes; although they were not the only products. How Dangerous Are Heavy Metals For Babies? Metals are dangerous to human health, especially infants and children, even low levels of exposure can cause brain damage. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) shares that exposure to heavy metals has been linked to learning, cognition and behavior problems. The bodies of young children are smaller than those of adults and metals such as lead cannot be...
    A Staten Island mom is suing five baby-food brands after a recent congressional report found toxic levels of heavy metals in some of their products, new court papers show. Michelle Walls says she bought baby food from Beech-Nut Nutrition company, The Hain Celestial Group Inc, Happy Family Organics, Gerber and Plum PBC between July 2020 and February 2021 — feeding the “tainted” food to her 1-year-old son for six months, according to a Brooklyn federal lawsuit filed Wednesday. Then the mom saw the media coverage Feb. 6 about the congressional report, which revealed that there were “significant levels” of heavy metals including arsenic, lead, cadmium and mercury in many baby-food brands. Even low levels of these metals can cause “irreversible damage to brain development,” said the Subcommittee on Economic and Consumer Policy. “Shocked by what she read, she immediately stopped feeding [her son] the tainted Baby Food Products and returned the remaining products she still had,” the court documents say of Walls. The mom is now planning to have a doctor check her son’s blood levels for heavy metals...
    More On: Food Bill Gates thinks we should start eating ‘100% synthetic beef’ Award-winning foodie magazine Saveur drops print edition Why Rob Zombie thinks eating vegan is metal AF ‘Tomorrow is the big day!’ Big Apple eateries prepare for indoor dining A Staten Island mom is suing five baby-food brands after a recent congressional report found toxic levels of heavy metals in some of their products, new court papers show. Michelle Walls says she bought baby food from Beech-Nut Nutrition company, The Hain Celestial Group Inc, Happy Family Organics, Gerber and Plum PBC between July 2020 and February 2021 — feeding the “tainted” food to her 1-year-old son for six months, according to a Brooklyn federal lawsuit filed Wednesday. Then the mom saw the media coverage Feb. 6 about the congressional report, which revealed that there were “significant levels” of heavy metals including arsenic, lead, cadmium and mercury in many baby-food brands. Even low levels of these metals can cause “irreversible damage to brain development,” said the Subcommittee on Economic and Consumer Policy. “Shocked by what she read,...
    (CBSDFW.COM) – A recent congressional report reveals that ingredients in many baby foods contain dangerously high levels of heavy metals such as arsenic, lead, and cadmium. Released by a House of Representatives subcommittee led by Rep. Raja Krishnamoorthi on Feb. 4, the report indicates levels that exceed the legal limits established by the Environmental Protection Agency. The Food and Drug Administration and the World Health Organization have declared toxic heavy metals dangerous to human health, particularly to babies and children, who are most vulnerable to their neurotoxic effects. Even low levels of exposure can cause serious and often irreversible damage to brain development. According to the report, these companies make up some of the largest baby food manufacturers in the United States: Nurture, Inc. (Nurture), which sells Happy Family Organics, including baby food products under the brand name HappyBABY Beech-Nut Nutrition Company (Beech-Nut) Hain Celestial Group, Inc. (Hain), which sells baby food products under the brand name Earth’s Best Organic Gerber Campbell Soup Company (Campbell), which sells baby food products under the brand name Plum Organics Walmart Inc. (Walmart),...
    Halfpoint Images/Getty Images A Congressional report found top baby foods contain high levels of toxic heavy metals.  Experts say avoid rice-based foods, focus on variety, and shorten the baby food phase to reduce risks.  Keeping up with pediatric appointments and advocating for more oversight can help too.  Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. Some popular baby foods are tainted with dangerous levels of heavy metals including lead, arsenic, and mercury, according to a Congressional report released last week.  The levels of toxic metals in the products far exceed the limit the US Food and Drug Administration has set for other products like bottled water, the report also said.  The findings highlighted how baby food manufacturers have been held to loose standards and in some cases haven't even lived up to their own safety benchmarks.  "Parents are now panicking," registered dietitian Nicole Silber, creator of Tiny Tasters, told Insider, as evidenced by the conversations in her mom Facebook groups and questions flooding her inbox.  After all, exposure to heavy metals in childhood is linked to permanent dips in...
    LEAD, arsenic and other toxic metals have been found in baby food sold by some of the largest manufacturers in the United States, an investigation has found. A congressional report criticised Walmart for allegedly "obscuring" the presence of toxic heavy metals in their baby food, saying the company did not cooperate with the investigation. 4Toxic metals have been found in baby food (Stock photo)Credit: Getty - Contributor 4The report said Walmart did not cooperate with the investigationCredit: AFP or licensors In November 2019, the Oversight Subcommittee on Economic and Consumer Policy requested internal documents and test results from seven of the largest manufacturers of baby food in the US. The companies included both makers of organic and conventional products such as Nurture which sells Happy Family Organics and Walmart which sells baby food products through its private brand Parent’s Choice. A congressional report published on Thursday said that four of the companies - Nurture, Beech-Nut, Hain, and Gerber - shared documents with the subcommittee. Walmart, Campbell, and Sprout Organic Foods, however, refused to cooperate with the investigation, raising concerns that...
    Several baby products made by the country’s largest baby food manufacturers contain harmful amounts of toxic heavy metals, including arsenic, lead, cadmium and mercury, that can harm infant neurological development, according to a congressional report released Thursday.  After receiving reports claiming high toxic heavy metal levels in baby foods, the House Subcommittee on Economic and Consumer Policy requested Nov. 6, 2019, seven of the largest baby food producers in the United States to give congressional investigators internal documents and test results, according to the report. (RELATED: FDA Recalls Ice Cream That May Contain Metal Shards) Only four companies — Nurture, which sells Happy Family Organics, Beech-Nut, Hain, and Gerber, a unit of Nestle — complied with the Subcommittee’s request, while the other three — Walmart, Campbell, and Sprout Organic Foods — refused to cooperate with the investigation. This raised some concerns that “their lack of cooperation might be obscuring the presence of even higher levels of toxic heavy metals in their baby food products than their competitors’ products,” the report said.  You can read the Subcommittee’s staff report here:https://t.co/XR5DDYaFhs pic.twitter.com/BaWRhsQF9B — Oversight Committee...
    Commercial baby foods are often tainted with "significant levels" of heavy metals such as arsenic, lead, cadmium and mercury — which could lead to "irreversible" brain development issues, according to a congressional report released Thursday. "The Food and Drug Administration and the World Health Organization have declared them dangerous to human health, particularly to babies and children, who are most vulnerable to their neurotoxic effects," the report said. "Even low levels of exposure can cause serious and often irreversible damage to brain development," added the report, which was released by the Subcommittee on Economic and Consumer Policy. WISCONSIN BAKERY CELEBRATES COVID-19 VACCINE WITH INJECTABLE DOUGHNUT KITS The committee on Nov. 6, 2019, requested internal documents and test results from seven of the largest manufacturers of baby food in the US after reports alleging high levels of toxic metals. The seven companies were: Nurture, which sells Happy Family Organics, including products under the name HappyBABY. Beech-Nut. Hain, which sells baby foods under the brand name Earth’s Best Organic. Gerber. Campbell, which sells baby foods under the brand name Plum Organics. Walmart,...
    NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — A new government report found several baby food products contain toxic heavy metals. The report looked at internal documents from Gerber, Beech Nut, Walmart store brands and Sprout Foods. It found those baby foods have significant amounts of arsenic, lead cadmium and mercury. Web Extra: Read The Report (pdf) Researchers say the metals can be especially dangerous to brain development in babies and toddlers. MORE: Schumer Calls For Federal Probe After Study Finds Lead, Other Metals In Baby Food Experts say parents should not panic and throw out all the baby food. Instead, make sure a child’s diet is varied with different fruits and vegetables.
    A congressional investigation found “dangerously high” levels of heavy metals in some baby foods. A staff report from the House Oversight subcommittee on Economic and Consumer Policy released Thursday found that some internal company standards “permit dangerously high levels of toxic heavy metals.”  The report also criticized the Trump administration for ignoring “a secret industry presentation to federal regulators revealing increased risks of toxic heavy metals in baby foods.” Investigators found that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) received a secret slide presentation from Hain Celestial that said its corporate policy to test only ingredients and not final products underrepresents the level of heavy metals in baby foods.  The agency reportedly took no action in response. “In 100% of the Hain baby foods tested, inorganic arsenic levels were higher in the finished baby food than the company estimated they would be based on individual ingredient testing,” the report said. The Hill has reached out to Hain for comment. The report said it was concerned that Walmart, Campbell Soup Company and Sprout Organic Foods refused to cooperate, noting “their...
    Experts concluded this week that lead and nickel content in drinking water was the primary cause of a “mysterious illness” affecting nearly 600 people in India’s southeastern Andhra Pradesh state in recent days. The All India Institute of Medical Science (AIIMS) sent expert teams to the Andhra Pradesh city of Eluru over the weekend to investigate initial reports of the mystery illness as hundreds of patients flooded local clinics starting Saturday. AIIMS found high levels of nickel and lead in 25 out of 45 blood samples taken from patients, according to NDTV on Wednesday. “[L]ead and nickel were found to be the causative agents for the mysterious disease,” AIIMS said in its preliminary report, which the institute presented to Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Y.S. Jagan Mohan Reddy on Tuesday. Patients suffering from heavy metal poisoning over the weekend presented symptoms including “a bout of epilepsy for 3-5 minutes, memory loss for a few minutes, anxiety, vomiting, headache, and back pain,” the Times of India reported. “Most of the 20 patients interviewed said there was a change in the color and...
    The Colorado Marijuana Enforcement Division has issued a recall of products from AlpinStash, a wholesale recreational marijuana cultivation in Lafayette. According to the October 8 recall, issued in conjunction with the state Department of Public Health and Environment, marijuana grown by AlpinStash was found to have potentially unsafe levels of mold and arsenic, making it Colorado's first marijuana recall ever issued over heavy metals. Heavy metals such as arsenic, nickel, copper, mercury and cadmium can be found found in growing nutrients and fertilizers used to enhance the flavor, yield and potency of marijuana. According to the National Institutes of Health, long-term exposure to heavy metals can lead to liver or kidney damage, abdominal pain, nausea and vomiting, diarrhea, heart abnormalities, a disrupted nervous system, anemia and more. Recalled products should have a cultivation facility license number on their packaging: 403R-00603. Here are the recalled AlpinStash strains and their harvest dates:Related Stories Husband and Wife Team Up in the Grow Room Denver Marijuana Health Inspections, Mold Report Delayed by COVID-19 Marijuana Grower Sundance Gardens Issues Microbial Recall Arsenic Cherry Pie (6-18-20)...
    (CNN) — It’s official: There’s a limit on how much arsenic can be in your baby’s cereal. The US Food and Drug Administration issued its final guidance on limiting the levels of inorganic arsenic found in infant rice cereal on Wednesday — capping the level of arsenic allowable at 100 parts per billion. That’s the same level it proposed in 2016. The guidance applies to all types of infant rice cereals: White, brown, organically grown and conventionally grown rice, the agency said. The action prompted immediate criticism from consumer advocacy groups. Consumer Reports, which has studied levels of arsenic and other toxic metals in baby food, applauded the FDA for its action but wanted more. “The FDA’s action is an important first step, but the agency needs to be far more aggressive in protecting young children from the dangers of arsenic and other heavy metals in food,” said Brian Ronholm, the director of food policy for Consumer Reports, in a statement. “Parents can take a number of steps to limit their child’s exposure to heavy metals in food, but they...
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