Two-thirds of baby food tests positive for arsenic

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It also stated that some products labelled certified organic had higher amounts of mercury and lead than conventional baby foods. The samples were all purchased within the last five months.

A Forbes article published in 2014, listed 11 different chemicals that affected baby's brain development, and both arsenic and lead were present on the list.

The nonprofit, which advocates for transparent labeling of products, looked at the top-selling formulas and baby food as well as emerging national brands based on Nielsen data.

MORE | More information on the study can be found here. The products were made by a wide range of companies including 365 Everyday Value, Annie's Homegrown, Baby Mum-Mum, Beech-Nut, Enfamil, Gerber and the Honest Company.

According to CBS contributors, more than one third of the tested products had lead in them.

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The Clean Label Project posted and graded the products on its website but did not publish its findings in a peer-reviewed journal.

In addition to that, contributors say that Clean Label found cadmium in more than half of the samples. After about 530 baby food products were tested, researchers found 65% of products tested positive for arsenic, 36% for lead, 58% for cadmium and 10% for acrylamide.

Dr. Ayoob, who also specializes in child nutrition in his own clinic, also shared his skepticism of the recent study, claiming that the organization's refusal to add context to their numbers "borders on irresponsible". Government health officials have imposed an arsenic limit of 100 parts per billion in rice and infant rice cereals.

There's some research that suggests homemade baby food is healthier than store-bought, so if you have the time and energy, it may be worth blending up your own and skipping the jarred stuff (here's a complete guide to making your own baby food). It's also important to note that even making your own baby food does not completely eliminate the risk of exposure to these contaminates, since they are in produce itself. On the other hand, specific products from Peaceful Planet Toddler, Abbott EleCare, Happy Tot, Comforts For Toddler were at the bottom of the list.

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