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  • Thursday, 29 February 2024
US Study Reveals Almost 40% of Conventional Baby Food Contains Toxic Pesticides

US Study Reveals Almost 40% of Conventional Baby Food Contains Toxic Pesticides

In a recent US study by the Environmental Working Group (EWG), nearly 40% of conventional baby food products were found to contain toxic pesticides, while none of the organic products surveyed had any chemical residues. The research, examining 73 products from brands like Beech-Nut, Gerber, and Parent’s Choice, identified at least one pesticide in 22 products, posing a health threat to infants.

 

Among the detected pesticides were acetamiprid, a harmful insecticide, captan linked to cancer, and fludioxonil, suspected of harming fetal development. Apple-based products exhibited the highest pesticide levels, with blueberries, pears, and strawberries also commonly carrying high chemical residues.

 

EWG recommends opting for organic baby food products, subject to stricter regulations, as the best way to avoid pesticides. Despite concerns, the study notes an improvement since 1995, with decreasing pesticide levels in baby foods. The passage of the Food Quality Protection Act in 1996 has contributed to this positive trend, eliminating some of the most toxic chemicals. However, challenges persist, emphasizing the need for ongoing advocacy and consumer awareness.

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