Some infant formula has been found to have arsenic in it, according to a new study released Thursday morning. There is no recall or ban on any baby formula but Dartmouth College did the research on this and is offering this information.
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Some infant formula has been found to have arsenic in it, according to a new study released Thursday morning.
There is no recall or ban on any baby formula but Dartmouth College did the research on this and is offering this information.
They are not naming the specific infant formula, which they said has six times the federal limit of arsenic concentration, but do have some advice on what to do.
"I would certainly advise parents who are concerned about their children's exposure to arsenic not to feed them formula where brown rice syrup is the main ingredient," said Brian Jackson, PhD, who headed up the study.
The study went on to say "organic" brown rice is the concern.
The study said two of the 17 infant formulas tested listed organic brown rice syrup as the primary ingredient and one of the two had those higher arsenic levels.
Researchers said these arsenic levels are worrisome for babies because they are especially vulnerable to the poison because of their small body weight.
Why organic brown rice?
Researchers said because much of the rice produced in the U.S. is grown on land formerly used to grow cotton, where pesticides with arsenic were used for many years.
Another part of this study: some cereal bars and high energy shots had arsenic in them. But the study said eating an occasional cereal bar doesn't pose much risk. It's all about moderation.
In the end, researchers say there's a need for regulations when to comes to arsenic levels in food. Right now, they say there are few regulations.
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