This is quite worrying ... as we all want the best for our babies.
A study by Queen’s University in Belfast has found that 50% of baby rice products contain unsafe level of inorganic arsenic.
Researchers have found illegally high amounts which breach EU limits.Consuming too much arsenic has been linked to health problems like cancer, heart disease, nervous system damage .... Specifically for babies it can impair mental and physical development, it can affect IQ and their immune system!!
Andy Meharg, a professor of plant and soil sciences at Queen’sWhy is there Arsenic at all?
“Products such as rice cakes and rice cereals are common in babies’ diets. This study found that almost three-quarters of baby crackers specifically marketed for children exceeded the maximum amount of arsenic.
Arsenic occurs in the environment because of pollution, and rice tends to have higher level than other foods as it is grown in polluted waterlogged fields, and too much is harmful to our health.
Babies tend to eat a lot of rice products as their 'first foods', so should we be limiting the amount they eat?
Should food manufacturers do more to alert us to arsenic levels AND work to reduce levels in their products targeted at babies and children?
Will this affect your choices for your Baby?Link to News Source at The Guardian