Arsenic found in baby formula

This is an archived article and the information in the article may be outdated. Please look at the time stamp on the story to see when it was last updated.

FORT COLLINS, Colo. — First it was apple juice, but now researchers believe some infant formulas may contain previously unknown levels of arsenic.

On Thursday, researchers at Dartmouth College released a report indicating some formulas containing an ingredient , labeled as organic brown rice syrup, could lead to possibly toxic levels of arsenic for infants.

The study is not calling for a ban or recall but is asking for the federal government to conduct further studies on the effects of arsenic in foods.

“You hear about it in drinking water but you never think about it being in baby food.” said one Fort Collins shopper when asked for feelings about the study.

Experts believe organic brown rice is often used as a healthier sweetener in some organic products. It’s been known to be used as a substitute for high fructose corn syrup.

“It’s been in the news recently about arsenic in apple juice, and now baby food. Now we need to know about accumulation issues, and it’ll lead to a safer food supply and that’s what we need.” said Marisa Bunning with Colorado State University during an interview on Thursday.

The Environmental Protection Agency currently limits arsenic levels found in drinking water but the FDA has yet to put strict standards on arsenic in food. In 2011, the FDA announced plans to further study the effects of arsenic on the country’s food supply.

AlertMe