ALEXANDRIA, Louisiana. According to the Environmental Defense Fund, as many as 20% of baby food may contain lead. Mother Jones reports that researchers studied lead levels in baby food and in other foods over a ten-year period and found detectable levels of lead in 20% of the baby food and in 14% of other food samples it took. Lead exposure, particularly in children, can lead to serious injuries and illnesses. Lead exposure can result in lower IQ, behavioral issues, and learning disabilities. For families with children exposed to lead, the results can be devastating. Unfortunately, the reports don’t indicate which brands pose the most risk to children.
Alarmingly, the government sets its lead limits based on what can be achieved based on sound manufacturing processes and not necessarily based on lead levels that are safe for children. The Food and Drug Administration is considering what levels of lead are safe, if any, while the CDC reports that no levels of lead are safe for children. The impact of lead exposure is irreversible and can affect a child for life. Lead can get into food many ways, but largely it gets into soil through lead-based fuel waste. Even lead free pipes can contain certain amounts of lead.
So, what can parents do to protect their children from injury or illness because of lead consumption? According to the research, the Chicago Tribune reports that 89% of grape juice samples contained detectable lead levels. Almost half of all teething biscuits contained levels of lead that could be detected.
What can parents do to keep their children safe? Some are recommending that parents make their own baby food because even organic baby food can contain some levels of lead. A diverse and varied diet can also mitigate the risk of lead exposure. Children who only eat one kind of food could be at risk of overexposure. Finally, because of the high levels of lead found in juice, children under age 1 should not drink any juice, and older children should have their juice intake monitored and limited. Finally, parents should also be aware that hot water can contain greater amounts of lead, so parents should use cold water for drinking or making food. You can always heat water up on the kettle.
Finally, industry needs to understand that when it puts children at risk, either through defective products or through lead exposure, that it will be held responsible. However, until the FDA revises its limits on what lead levels are safe, parents may have little recourse in pursuing companies for exposing their children to lead.
As more companies and industries place their bottom lines over public safety, personal injury litigation is likely to increase. The Jones Law Firm are personal injury lawyers in Alexandria, LA who work closely with families and victims who have been hurt in accidents due to the negligence or neglect of another person or company. If you or your child has been hurt, visit us at https://www.hdjoneslaw.com/ to learn more.