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A recent study by Clean Label Project was released on Wednesday with some shocking results. We understand that this may cause some fear in some people but we are just trying to share this information with the parents who want it.

The Clean Label Project Baby Food Study is the most comprehensive scientific investigation ever completed on the foods that impact our nation’s most vulnerable population—young children—at the most critical stage of their development. The study goes well beyond evaluating the ingredients posted on nutritional facts panels and ingredient lists to examine the impact of 130+ industrial and environmental contaminants on nearly 500 infant formulas and baby food products. In all, the organization benchmarked more than 100,000 data points and found that over 25 percent of all products tested exceeded at least one state or federal guideline for contaminants. Infant formulas and baby food samples for the study were purchased in grocery stores across America within the past six months. You can view the results here:

The Clean Label Project had products tested for contaminants including heavy metals (arsenic, cadmium, mercury and lead), BPA/BPS, antibiotic residues, pesticide residues, mycotoxins, melamine and acrylamide. These environmental and industrial contaminants have been linked to cancer, memory loss, brain damage and reproductive harm. There is clear scientific evidence to substantiate that even trace levels of mercury and lead can have lasting effects on the long-term health of developing brains.

Some study highlights included:

  • Over 50 percent of infant formulas contained some arsenic
  • Soy-based infant formula contained on average seven times more cadmium than other formulas
  • Over 25 percent of baby food samples had detectable levels of lead
  • Over 50 percent of the products labeled “BPA free” tested positive for BPA
  • Some products labeled “certified organic” actually had higher amounts of mercury and lead than conventional baby foods, although the organic baby foods had fewer pesticides
  • Rice-based “puff” snacks had on average over 5 times as much arsenic as other baby snacks

Baby Food Infographic

These are just a small fraction of the findings Clean Label Project found during their study.

Clean Label Project encourages parents to take reasonable steps to reduce or eliminate exposure to these contaminants—because scientific studies show even low exposure to metals can have consequences. “There is a tremendous quality gradient in terms of purity between the top and bottom performing products,” noted Callan.

“We’re not telling parents to stop feeding their children the products on supermarket shelves,” concluded Clean Label Project’s Bowen. “We’re providing a resource and encouraging parents to use our research to look beyond the labels, because the difference from one product to the next could make a real impact on your child’s long-term health.”

“At the same time, we want regulators to put more specific safety requirements in place and manufacturers to be more responsible when producing food for our nation’s children.”

Find out more about Clean Label Project and their recent study by visiting:

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