January 30, 2023

FDA Announces Action Levels For Lead in Processed Baby Food

The FDA is announcing action levels and draft guidance for lead in processed baby food. This, the FDA says, would result in "significant reductions in exposures to lead from food while ensuring availablility of nutritious foods. This plan is part of Closer to Zero, part of the governments' plant to reduce exposure to the heavy metals lead, arsenic, cadmium, and mercury in foods consumed by young children and babies. FDA Commissioner Robert M. Califf, M.D. said in a statement, "For more than 30 years, the FDA has been working to reduce exposure to lead, and other environmental contaminants, from foods. This work has resulted in a dramatic decline in lead exposure from foods since the mid-1980s.The proposed action levels announced today, along with our continued work with our state … [Read more...]

Consumer Reports Finds Lead and Cadmium in Dark Chocolate

Consumer Reports has found high levels of lead and cadmium in some dark chocolate candy brands. A study conducted by As You Sow found that many popular brands contain alarming levels of those heavy metals. Most people believe that dark chocolate is healthier than milk chocolate. And it may improve heart health. But this information may make some people rethink that assumption. Lead can cause significant health problems, including cancer, and it can reduce IQ and cause learning disabilities in children. Cadmium causes damage to reproductive organs, and can also damage the liver, kidneys, and bones. As You Sow has filed legal notices with more than 20 companies that make these dark chocolate candies, including Hershey's, Trader Joe's, Lindt, Whole Foods, Kroger, Godiva, See's … [Read more...]

Green Sprouts Stainless Steel Bottles Recalled For Lead Risk

Green Sprouts Stainless Steel Bottles are being recalled for possible lead poisoning risk. The base on the products can break off, exposing a solder dot that contains lead. There is no known level of lead exposure that is safe. Lead is toxic if ingested by young children and can cause serious health problems, including problems in the development of the nervous system and brain. The recalling firm is Green Sprouts Inc. of Asheville, North Carolina. The bottles were manufactured in China. The recalled products are Green Sprouts Stainless Steel Straw Bottles, Sippy Cups, and Sip & Straw Cups. About 10,500 units of these items were sold. The recall is for 6 ounce Stainless Steel Sippy Cups with tracking numbers 29218V06985 or 35719V06985; 6 ounce Stainless Steel Sip & Straw … [Read more...]

FDA Studies Seafood Consumption Role in Child Development

The FDA is studying seafood consumption roles in child development and growth, with the aim of limiting the exposure of babies and young children to heavy metals such as mercury, arsenic, lead, and cadmium that may be in those foods. The independent study is funded by the National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine and is called The Role of Seafood Consumption in Child Growth and Development. The FDA is partnering with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and the Environmental Protection Agency on this study. While seafood consumption is healthy and should be an important part of a child's diet along with a pregnant women's diet, seafood is the primary dietary source of mercury. That heavy metal can damage the … [Read more...]

First Choice Glass Baby Bottles Recalled For Violation of Lead Ban

First Choice Glass Baby Bottles that were sold exclusively on Amazon are being recalled because they violate the Federal Lead Content Ban. The recall is for NUK-branded Firsts Choice Glass Baby Bottles that were manufactured for the UK market only and were not intended for sale in the United States. The glass bottles have a latex teat intended for infants 0 to 6 months old. The bottles are 240 mL size. The brand name NUK is in white lettering, a graduated volume scale is on the bottle in white markings, and white and gray stars are on the outside of the bottle. The bottles were manufactured by Mapa GmbH of Zeven, Germany, and imported by Astir Care Ltd. of Birmingham, Great Britain. They were sold online at Amazon from January 2018 through May 2022 for about $20.00. About 100 … [Read more...]

FDA Releases New Total Diet Study Report on Toxic Elements

The FDA has released their new Total Diet Study Report that focuses on the presence of toxic compounds in the foods we eat. The overall takeaway is that the key toxic elements were not detected in most (68%) of the tested foods. The analysis was conducted in foods that were collected from 2018 through 2020. Overall, 3,276 food, beverages, and water products were studied. The key elements studied were lead, arsenic, including inorganic arsenic, the most dangerous form, cadmium, and mercury. Overall, lead was found in 15% of the samples, arsenic in 43%, cadmium in 61%, and mercury in 8%. The categories of food included in the study were alcohol, baked goods, baby food, beverages, candies, condiments, dairy, fruit, grains, meats, ingredients like sugar and flour, compound foods such as … [Read more...]

Natierra Freeze Dried Blueberries Recalled For Lead

Natierra Freeze Dried Blueberries are being recalled because the product contains lead, a heavy metal, in amounts above the FDA's recommended limits based on the serving size on the item's nutritional facts panel. No reports of adverse events have been received by the company to date. The recalling firm is BrandStorm Inc. People with high lead blood levels may show no symptoms, but they may be experiencing damage to the nervous system and internal organs. Acute lead poisoning can include symptoms such as abdominal pain, muscle weakness, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, weight loss, and bloody or decreased urine output. Children are especially vulnerable to the effects of lead poisoning, with possible permanent damage to the central nervous system. The effects of lead poisoning depend on … [Read more...]

FDA Takes Steps to Limit Lead Content in Juice

The FDA is taking steps to limit lead content in juice to reduce the potential exposure to toxic elements in foods. The draft action levels are for lead in single-strength (ready to drink) apple juice and other single-strength juices and juice blends. This action is in support of the agency's Closer to Zero action plan. FDA Commissioner Robert M Califf, M.D. said in a statement "Exposure of our most vulnerable populations, especially children, to elevated levels of toxic elements from foods is unacceptable. This action to limit lead in juice represents an important step forward in advancing FDA’s Closer to Zero action plan, which we are confident will have a lasting public health impact on current and future generations." The guidance outlines action levels that will be … [Read more...]

Bee Happy 12 Days of Advent Calendars Recalled For Lead

Bee Happy 12 Days of Advent Calendars have been recalled because the brown bell found in "Day 10" of the advent calendar contains levels of lead that exceed the federal lead paint ban, which poses a risk of lead poisoning. Excessive levels of lead can be toxic to young children if the paint is ingested. Lead is a toxic heavy metal that exists in the environment. Consuming it can cause a variety of potentially serious health problems. Over time, consuming small quantities can cause developmental delays, behavior disorders, and lower IQ, especially in young children. Consuming higher quantities of lead can cause acute lead poisoning. Symptoms of this illness can include abdominal pain, vomiting, lethargy, weakness, irritability, behavior or mood changes, delirium, seizures, and … [Read more...]

Candies Tolteca Saladitos Salted Dried Plums Recalled For Lead

Candies Tolteca Saladitos Salted Dried Plums and Saladitos Con Chile Y Limon Dried Plums with Chili & Lemon are being recalled for possible lead contamination. This is the seventh recall for this kind of food in the last two weeks. No illnesses have been reported to the company to date in connection with this recalled item. The recalling firm is Candies Tolteca of Fresno, California. Lead is a toxic heavy metal and can, when ingested in large quantities, cause toxic poisoning. In smaller quantities, when ingested over time, lead consumption can lead to lower IQ and developmental delays. The recalled items were sold in California, Nevada, and Utah through independent distributors, and company route sales representatives who then sold them to many retail stores, including gas … [Read more...]

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