One-Fifth Of Baby Food Samples Contaminated With Lead, Report Finds
In the recent edition of “To Your Health”, the Washington Post reports that a study by the Environmental Defense Fund found that of 2,164 baby food samples collected between 2003-2013 “20% had detectable levels of lead.” Their findings were incredibly surprising especially when TODAY reported that of the 10,064 general food samples collected in the same study, only 14% had detectable amounts of lead. These findings are incredibly troublesome because lead contamination poses a serious danger to infants.
The Worst Offenders
The Environmental Defense Fund found that fruit juices including grape, apple, pear, and mixed juices; root vegetables like carrots and sweet potatoes; and arrowroot cookies and teething biscuits were the worst offenders. The Huffington Post reports that infant formula fruit juices were extremely troublesome because the study found that they had more lead than the regular versions. The Environmental Defense Fund is still investigating the source of the lead and why it has a larger presence in baby foods than regular foods. According to the Statesman Journal, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has yet to release the specific brands that contain lead.
Dangers Of Infant Exposure To Lead
Though according to WRC-TV Washington, the FDA says on its website that “lead is in food because it is in the environment and lead cannot simply be removed from food.” So some lead exposure is normal. However, repeated exposure or exposure to large quantities of lead have very serious health consequences, especially for infants who are at high risk during their vulnerable developmental years. Too much lead exposure for infants can lead to:
Behavior issues like fatigue, hyperactivity, irritability, depression, and aggressive behavior
- Cognitive issues like reduced attention span, developmental delay, learning difficulties, memory loss, and problems with balance and motor control
- Digestive issues like abdominal pain, loss of appetite, weight loss, constipation, and vomiting
- Chronic illnesses like anemia, high blood pressure, heart disease, and kidney failure
- Other issues including insomnia, hearing loss, seizures, coma, and pica
What To Do If You Expect Lead Poisoning In Your Child
Lead poisoning can come from many sources in the environment and lead poisoning is a very serious issue. If your child has any of these symptoms, you need to take them to the doctor right away. The doctor will take a blood test and if unhealthy amounts of lead are detected, will recommend a treatment option. Next, you will need to determine the source of the lead poisoning in order to reduce further exposure. In the case of the lead source coming from a harmful product, it’s imperative that you speak to a personal injury attorney right away.
Proving Product Liability In A Lead Poisoning Case
Proving product liability, especially in a lead poisoning case is very challenging. First, you have to prove there was injury or illness from the lead exposure. Then you have to prove the lead exposure came from direct product usage. Finally, you have to prove that the product contained harmful amounts of lead. The best way to prove product liability in a lead poisoning case is to hire a professional attorney like the knowledgeable attorneys at Shapiro, Goldman, Babboni, Fernandez, & Walsh. Our attorneys know what evidence you need to collect to prove that your child’s injuries were the result of a faulty product and can help you navigate the complex laws surrounding product liability cases which are difficult to understand.
The findings of this report about baby food are troubling. Lead exposure creates a serious risk to the health of infants and you need to make sure that they are protected if they have lead poisoning. So if you suspect lead poisoning in your children from baby food or any other product, contact us today to learn how we can help.