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Traces of a chemical used in rocket fuel were found in samples of powdered baby formula, and could exceed what's considered a safe dose for adults if mixed with water also contaminated with the ingredient, a government study has found.
The study by scientists at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention looked for the chemical, perchlorate, in different brands of powdered baby formula. It was published last month, but the Environmental Working Group issued a press release Thursday drawing attention to it.
The chemical has turned up in several cities' drinking water supplies. It can occur naturally, but most perchlorate contamination has been tied to defense and aerospace sites.
No tests have ever shown the chemical caused health problems, but scientists have said significant amounts of perchlorate can affect thyroid function. The thyroid helps set the body's metabolism. Thyroid problems can impact fetal and infant brain development.
However, the extent of the risk is hard to assess. The government requires that formula contain iodine, which counteracts perchlorate's effects. The size of the infant and how much formula they consume are other factors that can influence risk.
The study itself sheds little light on how dangerous the perchlorate in baby formula is. "This wasn't a study of health effects," said Dr. Joshua Schier, one of the authors.
The largest amounts of the chemical were in formulas derived from cow's milk, the study said.
the chemical in question accumulates in the fat and organs. It can be eaten for years with no harm until a tipping point is reached and it kills you...
what I am interested in is the so-call acceptable risk levels... why do we have to tolerate that at all?
So not every kid gets what they should idealy have, and sometimes it cant be helped.
No studies have ever linked perchlorate to health problems, so the risks the baby formulas pose are unclear. Scientists say they believe significant amounts of the chemical could affect thyroid function. Researchers are not disclosing which brands were studied, though they said the biggest traces were found in formulas derived from cow’s milk.
Maybe the cows inhaled too much con/chemtrail air?
So hey, you keep right on posting anti-conspiracy thoughts on a conspiracy forum, see how far that takes you in life.
If you'd rather spend time talking to people you disagree with, then you have fun doing that instead of having a life.
Originally posted by stevedel0
but what the hell does baby food need rocket fuel for?