High Levels of Lead Found in Many Kids' Foods and Juices!


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Get ready to clean out your refrigerator ... a new report from the Environmental Law Foundation (ELF) shows an outrageous number of children's snacks and juices -- even organic ones -- contain high levels of lead.

Of the 146 items they tested -- including those from brands like Whole Foods and Trader Joe's -- 125 contained "high" levels of lead. Tests were performed on a variety of products specifically marketed to children such as bottled baby food and juices and canned fruits.

So incredibly frightening! It's absolutely outrageous to me that in this day, in this country, this is allowed to happen. I'm so sick of recalls on things we buy for our children (from cribs to clothing), trusting that they will be safe, only to find out that they could be deadly.

So what now?

The ELF has sent warnings to the companies producing the contaminated products. They either have to find a way to remove the lead or place a warning on their products.

Although I question why if there's enough warrant for a warning, the products would even be allowed on the market, I am at least grateful to have this information now. We don't buy juice in our house, never have, thankfully, but some of the organic fruit products are definitely sitting on my shelves ... or were.

Lead exposure can result in a number of serious health consequences for children.

"Exposure to lead can have a wide range of effects on a child's development and behavior," states the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry. "Even when exposed to small amounts of lead levels, children may appear inattentive, hyperactive and irritable. Children with greater lead levels may also have problems with learning and reading, delayed growth and hearing loss. At high levels, lead can cause permanent brain damage and even death."

Check out the entire list of products that tested high for lead, and get your garbage bag ready. What really scares me is all the products they didn't test that may still contain lead. Wow, I really need to plant a garden and raise some chickens or something.

Does this report scare you as much as it does me?


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lovin... lovinangels

There is not one darn thing on that list in my kitchen. Not one... score one for the cheap girl!

stare... starestrada

*HUGE SIGH OF RELIEF* I have none of these things thank god!

LoriA... LoriAnn87

But thankfully I don't have any of the proudcts in my house.

Cafe... Cafe Jenn

Another reason to buy local and can my own.  Now if only I had the time.

Elish... Elisha_Rose

Wow, thats insane. Nothing is safe anymore!


Alot of people on that website with the list said it is BS, I tend to not think so. My 22 month old would drink nothing outside of apple juice since he was about 1. I know, probably bad parenting on my part but the worst case scenario as far as I knew was excess sugar. Well, my son doesn't talk. He doesn't say mama, and has about 7 words in his vocab. He is currently in speech therapy through the state's early intervention program. Reading this I fear that his speech delay may be a result of all the contaminated juice he drank over the past several months. Or at least it has played some part in it. We stopped juice about 2-3 weeks ago for other reasons and he has started TRYING to talk more. Just to be safe we are taking him to the doctor tomorrow to have his lead levels checked. If nothing, then I have peace of mind.

29again 29again

WOW!!  That is scary!  I think I might have a can of peaches in the cupboard, but nothing on that list is what I normally buy, anyway.  We go more for fresh fruit over canned, or what I can myself.  Now I know for sure that I won't be buying any canned fruit, not for any reason!

I am curious, how could lead get into fruits & juices?  Part of the manufacturing process, or something else? 

Good luck, BAMBAMmommy, I really hope that things turn out well for you and your son!

nonmember avatar SKL

I haven't bought any of those.

I am a bit concerned with the hysterical tone of this article.  Can we just report things and let parents decide whether they should have a coronary about them?  Lead poisoning is bad stuff.  Information is good stuff.  How about telling parents:  (a) accurate info on how much damage can be done if they eat, say, one can of peaches per week or three juice boxes per day?  (b) What are the signs of lead poisoning and what should parents do if they suspect it?  (c) How is lead poisoning treated and what are the realistic outcomes?

AMom29 AMom29

Crud.  I have Great Value (Wal*Mart) 100% No Sugar Added Apple Juice.  Won't be buying any more of it.

nonmember avatar Vanessa

Luckily I don't have any of these products in our pantry but I want to know WHY these products have lead in them?

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