Karen Thomas of Naturally Recovering Autism interviews Zen Honeycutt from Moms Across America on Aluminum, Arsenic, Cadmium, Lead, and Mercury Found in Baby Formula.

Catalyzed by the FDA’s failure to regulate heavy metals in baby formula, a coalition of consumer advocacy groups commissions testing of 20 different brands. Groups urge the FDA and legislators to protect infants from toxic exposure.

Severe health risks posed by these toxic metals include developmental delays, cancer, kidney damage, and neurocognitive difficulties.

A coalition of consumer advocacy groups, including Moms Across America, GMOScience, and The New MDS, has uncovered alarming levels of toxic metals in baby formula. Testing of 20 popular brands revealed that 100% of samples contained aluminum and lead, with over half also testing positive for arsenic, mercury, and cadmium. Disturbingly, six formulas contained all five metals in both samples.

Notably, aluminum levels in one goat’s milk formula were up to 40,000 times higher than other metals tested, far exceeding FDA safety limits. Mercury and cadmium levels in several samples also surpassed allowable limits in drinking water.

Despite the FDA’s “Closer to Zero” initiative launched in 2021, no substantial regulatory limits have been set, leaving babies vulnerable. Recent efforts, including the Baby Food Safety Act of 2024, which was announced by Congress on May 9, one week after the heads of Moms Across America and GMOScience met with lawmakers and the FDA in D.C. to deliver the results of the baby formula testing, aim to give the FDA authority to regulate and enforce limits on levels of heavy metals found in baby food and potentially formula.

Talk points in this podcast:

Alarming rates of toxic metals when testing 20 different baby formula brands.

    • 100% of the 40 samples tested contained aluminum and lead.
    • 57% of the samples tested positive for arsenic, 55% for mercury, and 35% for cadmium.
    • Six of the 20 formulas were positive for all five toxic metals in both samples.
    • At 41,000 ppb, aluminum levels in a goat’s milk baby formula were 4000 – 40,000x higher than other metals in the formulas tested and exceed limits set by the FDA for maximum safety level of aluminum for a preemie.
    • Levels of mercury in four samples measured above the limit allowed by the FDA in drinking water.
    • Levels of cadmium in both samples of one formula were nearly twice the level allowed in drinking water.
    • The is heightened vulnerability of infants due to their small bodies and rapid cellular growth.

Despite the FDA’s “Closer to Zero” initiative launched in 2021, no substantial regulatory limits have been enforced, leaving babies vulnerable.

To date, the only actionable limits the agency has set are for one toxic metal only (inorganic arsenic) in one type of baby food product (infant rice cereal).  

Further talk points:

  • Recent efforts, including the Baby Food Safety Act of 2024, aim to give the FDA authority to regulate and enforce limits on levels of heavy metals found in baby food and potentially formula.
  • What consumers can do to help change policy to ensure better regulations of chemicals in baby formula, to support the Baby Food Safety Act, and ensure comprehensive protection for infants.

CNN Story link: https://www.cnn.com/2024/05/09/health/baby-food-heavy-metals-legislation-wellness/index.html

Additional podcast episodes that pertain to this subject:

Please listen to my interview with Professor Christopher Exley, High Levels Of Aluminum Found In the Brains of People with Autism: An Interview With Professor Christopher Exley [Podcast Episode 103]

The Health Risks of Aluminum Exposure: What You Need To Know [Podcast Episode #195]

Toxic Heavy Metals Linked to Severe Autistic Behaviors

Mercury Toxicity [Podcast Episode 104]

Autism and the Candida Mercury Connection [Podcast Episode #190]

Interview with Dr. Stephanie Seneff on Glyphosate and Autism [Podcast Episode 10]

Underlying Causes of Speech Issues and Autism [Podcast Episode #196]

From Non Verbal To Verbal With Autism At Age 27: One Mom’s Story of How It’s Never Too Late For Autism Recovery [Podcast Episode #123]

The Importance of Consistency and A Roadmap in Navigating the Autism Journey: One Mother’s Inspirational Success Story Transforming Autism Challenges Into Triumph [Podcast Episode #182]

How One Mom’s Perseverance Brought Her Autistic Son Independence and Peace [Podcast #147]

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