Rocket Fuel Chemical Found In Baby Formula

A government study says traces of a chemical used in rocket fuel have been found in samples of powdered baby formula.

It says the amount could exceed what's considered a safe dose for adults if mixed with water also contaminated with the ingredient.

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.

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.

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  • by r Location: n on Apr 4, 2009 at 07:31 PM
    A government study....A few million dollars for nothing. I was once in an officers club when a bomb sniffing dog came in and sounded the alarm at me. The k-9 team beat me half to death, before the club officer told them that I was the DJ for the night. What the dog smelled was my cassette tapes. Don't eat apricots, the seeds have the same ingredients as cyanide.
  • by mom of 3 Location: winterville on Apr 4, 2009 at 04:37 PM
    Why don't they ever say which formula? They are only telling half of the story. As a mother I have the right to know if the formula I am using is contaminated.
  • by Anonymous on Apr 4, 2009 at 12:15 PM
    Why put it in there? They trying to kill?? Someone should do something about this, its sick. Wake up Goverment.

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