Some very scary research from the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) released this month found that about 20% of commercial baby food samples contain detectable levels of lead. The group analyzed data from the Food and Drug Administration's Total Diet Study. It found 89% of grape juice samples, 86% of sweet potato samples, 43% of carrot samples, and 47% of teething biscuit samples contained lead, respectively. This is frightening because according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention there is “no safe blood lead level in children” because of its potential detrimental effects on child development. Why baby food is more contaminated than regular food is unclear to researchers, but according to Tom Neltner, chemicals policy director for EDF, it's probably because "baby food is processed more”. Here are some tips on what you can do to protect your baby. And rest assured, at Little Foodie Club our baby food is handmade and unprocessed.

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