Consumer Reports' food safety team has analyzed fifty nationally distributed packaged foods made for babies and toddlers, testing for cadmium, lead, mercury, and inorganic arsenic.
It was found that every product tested had measurable levels of at least one of these heavy metals.
About two-thirds of them had worrisome levels of one of the heavy metals.
Chief scientific officer at Consumer Reports, James Dickerson, Ph.D., is telling parents not to panic. He notes that consuming these foods does not guarantee that a child will develop health problems, although it may increase the risk.
Moreover, sixteen of the products tested had less concerning levels of the heavy metals, which means that these manufacturers have steps they can take to ensure the safety of their foods.
For the list of products tested by Consumer Reports, as well as information on the risks associated with heavy metal consumption, and what you can do to ensure your children's safety, visit this page.
Liz Coffman has worked in the advertising industry for over 7 years and is passionate about connecting people to the world around them through her writing. Based in the Pacific Northwest, Liz is also a professional musician, avid rock climber, hiker and adventure seeker.