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Dangerous levels of Arsenic found in baby food

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posted on Feb, 16 2012 @ 05:05 PM

sweetener used in powdered baby formula and some organic and gluten-free foods may contain dangerously high levels of arsenic, researchers reported today.

Environmental chemist Brian P. Jackson, who is the director of the Trace Element Analysis Core Facility at Dartmouth University, said that his team found organic baby formula whose main ingredient was brown rice syrup had arsenic levels six times higher than what the EPA considers safe for drinking water. According to the study, which was published Thursday in the journal "Environmental Health Perspectives," the researchers also found high arsenic levels in some organic foods sweetened with brown rice syrup, including cereal bars, energy bars, and gel energy "shots" that athletes slurp down after working out.

"The baby formula findings are concerning," Jackson said. The risk of arsenic poisoning from eating a cereal bar or an energy shot once in a while are low, he pointed out, but for babies and for people who are on gluten-free diets, arsenic poisoning could be a concern

It actually doesn't surprise me...This country is so f'ed up right now, and everyone is oblivious to everything because they are worried about how far they can shoot their angry birds...It's really sad that stuff like this goes on and big corporations allow it all to make a penny...

Source - Yahoo

posted on Feb, 16 2012 @ 05:22 PM
The findings are actually a little misleading. The root of the problem is brown rice from the US. A study was done in 2007. Very shocking stuff, Google it.

posted on Feb, 16 2012 @ 05:25 PM
This is important news and I'm grateful for your thread, but your last comment confused me.

...It's really sad that stuff like this goes on and big corporations allow it all to make a penny...
I thought that this brown rice syrup was found mainly in organic foods.. I got the impression that this finding was a surprise to everybody. It doesn't sound like "big corporations" were "allowing" anything.

Sure, it's bad news, but I'm not sure there is anyone to blame.

posted on Feb, 16 2012 @ 05:29 PM
reply to post by charles1952

Nope. All brown rice from the US has high levels of arsenic. Because arsenic sprays were used in cotton growing days and that land grows rice now. Known since 2007.

posted on Feb, 16 2012 @ 05:42 PM
I love how real knowledge is ignored on this site. Go back to sleep kiddies.

posted on Feb, 16 2012 @ 05:48 PM
reply to post by Jefferton

Dear Jefferton,

Thanks for straightening me out. You're absolutely right (as you knew you were) so I took a quick look and got more confused. I found a healthy food blog that just praises brown rice up and down in a lengthy article.

It finally got to the arsenic question and said this:

Research conducted by Andrew Mehanrg and colleagues from the University of Aberdeen in Scotland has found that rice grown in the U.S. contains from 1.4 to 5 times more arsenic than rice from Europe, India or Bangladesh. However, the U.S. rice contains less of the most toxic species of arsenic than the rice tested from other nations.

U.S. long grain rice had the highest mean arsenic levels at 0.26μg/g with the highest concentration at 0.4 μg/g. Indian rice had the least arsenic at 0.05μg/g. Rice from Bangladesh contained the same amount of arsenic as rice from Europe at 0.15 μg/g.

Despite U.S. rice containing the highest concentrations of arsenic, it is difficult to evaluate the possible toxicity of the rice that was tested because inorganic arsenic is five to ten times more toxic than organic arsenic. In the U.S. rice, only 42% of the arsenic was inorganic compared to 81% in the Indian rice, 80% in the Bangladeshi and 64% in European rice. But, as the authors point out, organic arsenic can still cause health problems.

I'm beginning to get tired of nutrition science. I don't understand it, and it seems to change every decade.

But anyway, your points were quite correct. Thank you.

With respect,

posted on Feb, 16 2012 @ 05:49 PM
reply to post by charles1952

It is hard to stay alive in this world these days, you're welcome.
edit on 16-2-2012 by Jefferton because: (no reason given)

posted on Feb, 16 2012 @ 07:17 PM
reply to post by charles1952

I meant that whether it be the rice or whatever contains the arsenic, that the big corporations that are selling the baby food are making load of money while ignoring the fact that what they are feeding children is harmful.

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