A new congressional report has raised concerns from regulators and outcry from parents about the level of heavy metals - including things like lead, arsenic, and mercury - that are found in commercial baby foods. Dr. C. Michael White, chair of Department of Pharmacy Practice at the University of Connecticut and an expert in the safety of drugs and dietary supplements, has weighed into the baby food debate with a recent piece for The Conversation.
In his article, Dr. White examines such topics as:
- How do heavy metals get into baby food?
- How much heavy metal is too much?
- What can parents do to reduce a child’s exposure?
- Is anyone doing anything about it?
Dr. White says that, while there are steps for parents to take now, baby food manufacturers will ultimately have to alter certain practices to reduce the presence of heavy metals in their products.
The U.S. has made important inroads in reducing heavy metals in air and water since the 1980s, dramatically lowering exposure. With additional focus, it can further reduce heavy metal exposure in baby food, too.
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C. Michael White, Pharm.D., FCP, FCCP Head and Distinguished Professor, Department of Pharmacy Practice
Dr. White’s research interests are in drug, dietary supplement, and illicit drug safety, quality, and cost