Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Lead in Popular Children's Foods and Beverages

As a parent, and blogger, I have been on alert to product recalls especially those that could affect my child, and my family. I have to admit, before Sarah I wasn't as focused on this type of news and important information.
Being a parent has made me realize how very important these announcements are to follow regularly especially since there are safety concerns we must be aware of and there are also sometimes opportunities for refunds, exchanges and/or repair kits to help keep our families safe.

It's scary how many recalls there are with children's products. Having only been a parent for just over two years it blows my mind how many have come about in this past year alone and how many are not paid close attention to.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank the many groups and organizations that help to keep parents aware of product recalls to help us make quick changes and decisions to help keep our children safe, and in a timely fashion.

It should come as no surprise then that this blog post is about yet another series of important recalls that are important for you to know about.

According to the Environmental Law Foundation (ELF), an organization that improves the environmental quality for communities and consumers by providing access to information and the enforcement of environmental, toxics, and right-to-know laws, has issued a warning this past month. They filed a "Notices of Violation of California Proposition 65 Toxics Right to Know law, alleging that the toxic chemical lead was found in a variety of children’s and baby foods."

At first I thought, what is Proposition 65 (Prop 65)? And, how many others might not be familiar with it as well. To simplify, according to the Prop 65 news website, "in November 1986 California voters overwhelmingly approved an initiative to address growing concerns about exposures to toxic chemicals. That initiative became The Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act of 1986, better known by its original name, Proposition 65." Having since read this it's starting to come back to me now. More information about this can be found here.

I was most shocked to find that this lead accusation was in very well-known popular products including organic juices and foods including apple juice. Here is current list of products that have a lead risk, and parents are encouraged to stop using them.

According to ELF's website, a testing program they have found lead in food categories including apple and grape juice, packaged pears and peaches (including baby food), and fruit cocktail.

Therefore, this post is a message to you to look in your cabinets and refrigerator and see what products you have that are on this list and get rid of them and seek other safer options for you and your family.

Be safe!

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