You wouldn’t send your child to school with a box full of paint to drink during lunch, but you may be inadvertently offering them lead on a daily basis. NPR News reports that ”A California environmental group has found amounts of lead in bottled juice, juice boxes and packaged fruit that exceed federal limits for young children.”
The American Academy of Pediatrics says there is no safe level of exposure to lead. There is no word on how the lead has entered the products.
Individual servings of “apple juice, grape juice, packaged peaches and pears and fruit cocktail” were tested by the Environmental Law Foundation and found to contain lead “above the daily limit for young kids.” That’s in a single serving – many children drink juice and eat packaged fruit throughout the day. Really makes you want to buy a juicer, no? My mother’s burning desire for a yogurt machine seems less ridiculous by the day.
Many popular major and private label brands were tested – including organics - and the offending companies might surprise you. They include Beech Nut, Earth’s Best, Gerber, Kroger, Minute Maid, Motts, Trader Joe’s and Walgreens. For the complete test results, click here.
The Environmental Law Foundation has “sent notices of suspected violations to California’s attorney general, Jerry Brown.” Its President, Jim Wheaton, says, ”Once pressed by things like California’s law, people find ways to get the lead out and they reduce the exposure so they don’t have to give a warning, and that’s a good result.”
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