Study Finds Arsenic In Some Baby Formula

People who buy organic foods often do so for their health, but a new study reveals an ingredient used in some organic foods could be toxic.

Organic brown rice syrup is often used as a sweetener in baby formulas, energy bars and other high energy foods. But researchers at Dartmouth University found this syrup contains potentially harmful amounts of arsenic. In fact, one baby formula they tested had an arsenic concentration that was six times higher than what the EPA considers to be safe. Energy bars using organic rice syrup also had higher amounts of arsenic than those without it.

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  • by shonuff on Feb 16, 2012 at 03:28 PM
    I really think the elitist of the this country is trying to kill off the average Joe along with the government dependents. Easiest ways to do this? Food and medical care. Sugar, salt and poisons in our food is killing us and causing huge health problems. Just try to buy something healthy and see what it cost you.
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      by Breast milk is free on Feb 16, 2012 at 06:02 PM in reply to shonuff
      ignorance is killing off the average Joe
  • by amy on Feb 16, 2012 at 01:31 PM
    Arsenic is a natural element. It is a byproduct of coal burning and settles out of the air onto the soil. It is also regularly added to animal food as a growth stimulator. When crops are planted in soil with high concentrations of arsenic, the plants absorb the arsenic. Either the food being used grew fairly close to a coal-burning facility or its ash dump, or the organic farmers accidentally purchased their organic fertilizer from a stock farm that uses arsenic as a growth stimulator. Either way, the rice absorbs it. Arsenic never breaks down, so it never leaves the soil. I'm all for organic food, but please remember there are plenty of organic, natural things in this world that can kill you.
  • by 44mag. on Feb 16, 2012 at 10:54 AM
    I'm puzzled,Arsenic and lead in any amounts harms and kills New borns up to adults?...What is the FDA doing to stop this?...Lead=womens lip stick!...Arsenic=baby food!
  • by OldLady Location: J'ville on Feb 16, 2012 at 10:21 AM
    While, yes, mother's milk is best, there are times, where that is not an option...Just saying...
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      by Anonymous on Feb 16, 2012 at 11:12 AM in reply to OldLady
      "just saying" what?
  • by voter Location: nc on Feb 16, 2012 at 10:00 AM
  • by mutt on Feb 16, 2012 at 08:19 AM
    Those mammaries are there for purpose.
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      by Anonymous on Feb 16, 2012 at 10:29 AM in reply to mutt
      See below
  • by Nature on Feb 16, 2012 at 07:45 AM
    Evolution figured this out years ago. Breast feed your child. A bottle is a shortcut and a sign of bad parenting.
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      by Anonymous on Feb 16, 2012 at 09:38 AM in reply to Nature
      Not in all cases. Sometimes a mother is unable to produce milk, or has a health condition that makes it unsafe or unwise, or the baby simply will not take to the breast. It happens. Not everyone that needs to use formula is doing so out of negligence.
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        by No offense, on Feb 16, 2012 at 03:32 PM in reply to
        but if you can not breast feed, something was wrong to begin with... I know you are sensitive to the issue, but the facts make this very clear
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      by What??? on Feb 16, 2012 at 10:24 AM in reply to Nature
      "Nature" = Naturally born ignorant person here folks and you can't fix stupid. What about the women who don't produce milk? What about the women who work and cannot afford to stay home and breast feed their child and pumping won't work? What about women who just find it difficult and stressful? According to you everyone who does not breast feed is a bad parent. What makes you qualified to call anyone a bad parent? You are a bad person in general, you have no right to judge anyone with your lopsided one way thinking. So happy not to be you!! By the way, I did not breastfeed my first child, was extremely stressed and doctors orders told me not to. When I had my second child I tried and was unsuccessful. Not that it is any of your business but I am a wonderful parent and my children are intelligent, happy and healthy. Doesn't sound like the signs of bad parenting to me!!!
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        by What about... on Feb 16, 2012 at 03:33 PM in reply to What???
        What about it. Your explanation just screams of bad genetics. Keep trying, sometimes these things work out and you can provide "better" for your next child. Good luck
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      by Really... on Feb 16, 2012 at 10:27 AM in reply to Nature
      Nature your comment shows your pure ignorance!
  • by Anonymous on Feb 16, 2012 at 07:00 AM
    Well it can't be too harmful or taste bad either judging by the contented look on that baby's face.
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      by Anonymous on Feb 16, 2012 at 09:39 AM in reply to
      Yes of course, because all harmful things can be tasted in our food. If we don't notice it, then it can't possibly be a problem.
  • by laura Location: greenville on Feb 16, 2012 at 05:41 AM
    Boobs are the best.
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      by Justin on Feb 16, 2012 at 06:36 AM in reply to laura
  • by Formerly O.L.I. Location: ENC on Feb 16, 2012 at 04:52 AM
    Probably the methods used to produce MORE food are ruining the food (think pesticides).
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      by Anonymous on Feb 16, 2012 at 09:36 AM in reply to Formerly O.L.I.
      Organic means no pesticides are used
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        by Ummmm on Feb 16, 2012 at 10:29 AM in reply to
        Maybe you should do better research of organic foods... pesticides are definitely in them!
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          by Doug on Feb 16, 2012 at 11:10 AM in reply to Ummmm
          There are small amounts of pesticides in everything, because they blow through the air from neighboring fields. However, "organic" means no artificial pesticides or herbicides are applied to the crop. The more organic farmers there are, the less toxins there will be in our environment.
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          by Anonymous on Feb 16, 2012 at 11:11 AM in reply to Ummmm
          Ummmmmm....NO they're not! Maybe YOU should do a better job of researching what organic means.
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          by How do you know on Feb 16, 2012 at 06:08 PM in reply to Ummmm
          Please share....
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