Last week, the Environmental Law Foundation sent out a press release about their tests that found illegal amounts of lead in packaged products for babies and kids. NPR covered the story, but the news has hardly made headlines. I only came across the news after it was posted from a mom on AP board on the Bump. The press release says that lead levels in certain products exceeded 0.5 micrograms of lead per serving, which would require the company to put a warning label on the product under California’s Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act of 1986.
The Environmental Law Foundation provided a list of the foods they tested, and they list which products contained over 0.5 micrograms of lead. I will make sure none of these products are in my house, and I will also make sure my family and friends do not serve any of these products to my son. According to NPR, the companies say they will conduct their own tests. In the meantime, I will avoid the products (fortunately, we don’t have any of them in our house right now). Also, notice that these aren’t just conventional products. There are several organic products listed, as well.
I actually find it pretty disturbing that this didn’t make headlines. Are news agencies just waiting for the companies to confirm the tests? Maybe it is just me (and I doubt that), but I really would like to be warned about any potential toxins in my child’s food ASAP, not weeks or months later.
Studies show that there are no safe levels of lead. According to Oregon’s Lead Poisoning Prevention Program, lead in children can lead to brain damage and lower intelligence, behavior and learning problems, hyperactivity, impaired speech and language, slowed growth, kidney and liver damage, and hearing damage.