Did you know that there is arsenic in baby cereal? Infant rice cereal has 6 times more arsenic than other kinds of infant cereal. Any level of arsenic is dangerous and health risks include a link to learning disabilities in children.
Brooks Applied Labs* in Bothell, WA tested more than 100 samples of infant rice. The report found that overall, oatmeal, barley, buckwheat, organic quinoa, wheat and rice-free multigrain baby cereals contained much lower amounts of inorganic arsenic than rice cereals.
What can parents do now?
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) need to stop dragging their feet and set a protective, health-based limit on arsenic in baby food to protect our children.
Review the report and tips sheet for more information, Health Baby Cereals Report.*
Pam Smith is the Healthy Children’s Project Coordinator for LDA of Texas.
Tracy Gregoire is the Healthy Children’s Project Coordinator for LDA of Maine.