Lead With The Applesauce?

Would Your Baby Like Some Lead With Her Applesauce? And How About Some Arsenic in Your Beer?

April 10, 2013

Would Your Baby Like Some Lead With Her Applesauce? And How About Some Arsenic in Your Beer?

Oh, the unwanted things that creep into our food supply.

April 10, 2013

It may take a village (and some beer; more on that soon) to raise a child. But everyone living in that child-rearing hamlet will have a different opinion about how their charge should be raised. Take the topic of first solid foods. First, when to introduce then? Four months? Six months? The debated timeframe may be narrow, but it opens up enough space to pack in a philosophy or ten edgewise.

Oh, but what of the first food itself? Should it be gruel? Pureed peas? Roast chicken, pommes dauphines and a bottle of cru Beaujolais? You could make a case for them all (sort of), but the one thing you won’t find one arguing must absolutely, categorically, you’re-baby-won’t-get-into-college-if-you-don’t-feed-her-this pick to be your kid’s first bite is this: lead.

And yet, according to a report from the Associated Press, the Environmental Law Foundation (ELF) is taking such baby-food makers as Gerber, Del Monte Food and Beech-Nut Nutrition to court in California over the undisclosed presence of low levels of lead in their products.

“[Makers of] baby foods and juices are selling products containing lead at levels that require warning labels under California Proposition 65, the Environmental Law Foundation asserts in the suit filed in Alameda County Superior Court in Oakland,” AP reports.   (Read Full Article)



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