85% of Kids’ Drinks, Snacks Could Contain High Levels of Lead

by , 06/11/10

Girl with juice box, juice boxes, kids drinks

Another day, another “uh oh.” The latest kerfuffle? Quantities of lead in bottled juice, juice boxes, and packaged fruit could exceed federal limits for the lunchbox-toting set, according to the Environmental Law Foundation. The Bay Area-based environmental nonprofit, which enlisted the aid of a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency-certified lab in Berkeley, tested nearly 400 samples from 150 branded products marketed to children, including apple juice, grape juice, packaged pears and peaches (including baby food), and fruit cocktail mixes. The alarming results: 125 out of 146 products—or more than 85%—contained enough lead in a single serving to warrant a warning label under California’s Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act of 1986, better known as Prop. 65.

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More troubling, perhaps, is the fact that the results tar both organic and conventional products: Earth’s Best Organic, 365 Everyday Value Organic, Trader Joe’s, and Walnut Acres get as fair of a shake as Welch’s, Minute Maid, Gerber, Del Monte, and Dole. Plus, most scientists concur that no safe level of exposure to lead exists, especially when it comes to babies and children.

ELF has dispatched notices to law-enforcement officials, including California’s attorney-general, district attorneys, and the affected manufacturers, retailers, and distributors. The notices start a clock for the companies to either bring themselves into compliance with Prop. 65 or to place “clear and reasonable warnings” on the food packages. If, at the end of 60 days, no law enforcement agency pursues prosecution, ELF will file a formal suit.

Until then, we’ll be squeezing our own fruit here at Inhabitots HQ. And chugging plenty of water.

LEAD-TAINTED PRODUCTS

1. 365 Everyday Value Organic 100% Juice Concord Grapes
2. Beech Nut 100% Apple Juice
3. Best Yet Bartlett Pear Halves in Heavy Syrup
4. Best Yet Chunky Mixed Fruit in Pear Juice
5. Best Yet Yellow Cling Peach Halves in Heavy Syrup
6. Chef’s Review Fruit Cocktail
7. Del Monte 100% Juice Fruit Cocktail
8. Del Monte Chunky Mixed Fruit in 100% Juice (peach, pear, grape, etc.)
9. Del Monte Diced Pears in Light Syrup
10. Del Monte Freestone Peach Slices in 100% Juice
11. Del Monte Fruit Cocktail in Heavy Syrup (peach, pear, grapes)
12. Del Monte Fruit Cocktail No Sugar Added
13. Del Monte Lite Fruit Cocktail in Extra Light Syrup
14. Del Monte Pear Halves in Heavy Syrup
15. Del Monte Pear Halves, Bartlett Pears in 100% real fruit juice from concentrate
16. Del Monte Sliced Yellow Cling Peaches in 100% Juice
17. Del Monte Sliced Yellow Cling Peaches in heavy syrup
18. Dole Diced Peaches, Yellow Cling in light syrup
19. Dole Mixed Fruit in Light Syrup
20. Dole Pear Halves in Juice
21. Earth’s Best Organics Apple Juice
22. Eating Right Fruit Cocktail packed in Sucralose
23. Eating Right No Sugar Fruit Cocktail
24. First Street 100% Apple Cider from concentrate
25. First Street Apple Juice from concentrate 100% juice
26. First Street Diced Pears
27. First Street Fruit Cocktail in heavy syrup
28. First Street Grape Juice from concentrate 100% juice
29. First Street Sliced Bartlett
30. First Street Yellow Cling Peaches in heavy syrup
31. Full Circle Organic Apple Juice
32. Full Circle Organic Bartlett Pear Slices
33. Gerber 100% Juice – White Grape Juice
34. Gerber 100% Juice Apple Juice
35. Gerber 3rd Foods Peaches
36. Gerber 3rd Foods Pears
37. Golden Star Mixed Fruit in Light Syrup (peach, pineapple, pears)
38. Golden Star Peach Halves in Heavy Syrup
39. Great Value 100% Grape Juice
40. Great Value 100% No Sugar Added Apple Juice
41. Great Value Bartlett Pear Halves in 100% Juice
42. Great Value Bartlett Sliced Pears in Heavy Syrup
43. Great Value No Sugar Added Fruit Cocktail
44. Great Value Yellow Cling Sliced Peaches
45. Hansen’s Natural Apple Juice
46. Kedem Concord Grape Juice 100% pure grape juice
47. Kroger 100% Juice Apple Juice
48. Kroger Fruit Cocktail in Heavy Syrup
49. Kroger Grape Juice 100% Juice
50. Kroger Lite Fruit Cocktail in Pear Juice
51. Kroger Value Fruit Mix (Peaches, pears, grapes)
52. Langers Apple Juice 100% Juice
53. Langers Grape Juice (Concord)
54. Langers Red Grape Juice
55. Libby’s Fruit Cocktail No Sugar Added (Sweetened with Splenda)
56. Libby’s Yellow Cling Peach Slices No Sugar Added (Sweetened with Splenda)
57. Market Pantry Diced Peaches in light syrup
58. Market Pantry Diced Pears in light syrup
59. Market Pantry Mixed Fruit in light syrup
60. Maxx Value Fruit Mix in Light Syrup (peach, pear, grape)
61. Maxx Value Pear Pieces in Light Syrup
62. Minute Maid Juice Apple – 100% Apple Juice
63. Motts 100% Apple Juice
64. Mrs. Brown’s Fruit Cocktail in Heavy Syrup (peaches, pears, grapes)
65. O Organics Organic Grape Juice from concentrate
66. O Organics Organic Unfiltered Apple Juice Not From Concentrate
67. Old Orchard 100% Apple Juice
68. Parade 100% Juice Apple
69. Polar Mixed Fruit
70. Polar Peach Slices
71. Polar Pear Halves in light syrup
72. R.W. Knudsen Just Concord Grape Juice
73. R.W. Knudsen Organic Just Concord
74. Raley’s 100% Grape Juice
75. Raley’s Fruit Cocktail in Heavy Syrup
76. Raley’s Premium 100% Apple Juice not from Concentrate
77. Raley’s Sliced Yellow Cling Peaches in Heavy Syrup
78. S&W Natural Style Fruit Cocktail in Lightly Sweetened Juice
79. S&W Natural Style Pear Slices in Juice
80. S&W Natural Style Yellow Cling Peach Slices in Lightly Sweetened Juice
81. S&W Premium Peach Halves Yellow Cling Peaches in light syrup
82. S&W Sun Pears Premium
83. Safeway 100% Juice Apple Cider
84. Safeway 100% Juice Apple Juice
85. Safeway 100% Juice Grape Juice
86. Safeway Diced Peaches in Light Syrup
87. Safeway Fruit Cocktail in Heavy Syrup
88. Safeway Light Sugar Fruit Cocktail
89. Safeway Lite Bartlett Pear Halves in Pear Juice
90. Safeway Lite Fruit Cocktail in Pear Juice
91. Safeway Organic Grape Juice
92. Safeway Pear Halves in Light Juice
93. Safeway Yellow Cling Peach Slices in Pear Juice
94. Santa Cruz Organic Concord Grape Juice
95. Simple Value Yellow Cling Peaches in light syrup
96. Stater Bros. 100% Juice Apple Juice
97. Stater Bros. 100% Juice Grape Juice
98. Stater Bros. 100% Juice White Grape Juice
99. Stater Bros. Fruit Cocktail in Heavy Syrup
100. Stater Bros. Yellow Cling Peach Halves
101. Stater Bros. Yellow Cling Sliced Peaches in heavy syrup
102. Sunny Select 100% Apple Juice
103. Sunny Select 100% Grape Juice
104. Sunny Select Fruit Cocktail in Juice
105. Sunny Select Pear Halves in Pear Juice
106. Sunny Select Yellow Cling Sliced Peaches in Pear Juice
107. Trader Joe’s Certified Organic Apple Juice, pasteurized
108. Trader Joe’s Concord Grape Juice made from fress pressed organic concord grapes
109. Trader Joe’s Pear Halves in white grape juice
110. Trader Joe’s Yellow Cling Peach Halves in while grape juice
111. Tree Top 100% Juice Apple Cider
112. Tree Top 100% Juice, Grape
113. Truitt Brothers Pacific NorthWest Bartlett Pear Halves, in pear juice from concentrate
114. Valu Time Grape Drink from Concentrate
115. Valu Time Irregular Bartlett Pear Slices
116. Valu Time Yellow Cling Peach Slices
117. Walgreens Apple Juice from concentrate 100% juice
118. Walgreens Grape Juice from concentrate 100% juice
119. Walnut Acres Organic Concord Grape
120. Walnut Grove Market 100% Apple Juice
121. Walnut Grove Market Grape Juice
122. Walnut Grove Market Natural Peaches Sliced Yellow Cling in Light Syrup
123. Walnut Grove Market Natural Pear Halves in Heavy Syrup
124. Welch’s 100% Grape Juice (from Welch’s Concord Grapes)
125. Welch’s 100% Red Grape Juice from Concentrate

+ Lead Found in Children’s Food and Baby Food (PDF)

[Via NPR]

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79 Responses to “85% of Kids’ Drinks, Snacks Could Contain High Levels of Lead”

  1. fdnywife says:

    would be nice then to list the ones that came up fine so we can buy those!

  2. fdnywife says:

    Am I missing something? Where is the list of the products that came up fine so I can buy them!

  3. Shay says:

    Water

  4. RITK says:

    Thank you for posting this. My daughter had dangerously high levels of lead, despite us doing everything we thought we could to keep our kids healthy. Lead poisoning is near and dear to me. If you would like I’d love to have you repost this on my food blog. It is such an important issue and your post is well written and informative.

    rumbleinthekitchen.com

  5. mitsurugi52 says:

    A list of all the products tested (including the ones that passed the test) are found in this PDF found on ELF’s website.

    http://www.envirolaw.org/documents/ProductsTestedforLeadFINAL.pdf

  6. Wendyh says:

    How much of the contamination is from the packaging?

  7. HappyCamperInCA says:

    I suspect this article is Poppy Cock. Checking Koger’s store listings they don’t have a store west of Texas. Prop 65 sets the bar so low for lead most likely fruit grown in your back yard would fail the safe limit standards. I am beginning to think that Prop 65 is more about taxing consumers (corporation don’t pay taxes, they just pass the cost on to the consumers) than about protecting our children.

  8. fjjdfgjraja says:

    How do you get LEAD in FOOD, and how do you sleep at night marketing LEAD TAINTED FOOD to CHILDREN AND INFANTS.

    There better be a firestorm for this.

  9. DC says:

    More than 2 glasses of juice or soda per day causes fatty liver disease and eventually liver failure and even death anyway. It also can stunt childrens’ growth because it causes problems in the intestines with fermentation. Some whole fruit would be better, because one gets antioxidants (from the peel), fiber and bioflavinoids. Clean water is the best healthy drink.

  10. sg98942 says:

    For the following products, NO samples exceeded the Prop 65 limit of 0.5 micrograms of lead per
    serving:
    Great Value 100% Apple Juice not from concentrate
    Harvest Day 100% Apple Juice from Concentrate
    Kirkland Fresh Pressed Apple Juice Pasteurized
    Martinelli’s Gold Medal Apple Juice 100% pure from US grown fresh apples
    R.W. Knudsen Organic Apple Juice unfiltered
    Raley’s Everyday 100% Apple Juice
    Sunny Select 100% Unfiltered Apple Juice
    Trader Joe’s Fresh Pressed Apple Juice all natural pasteurized, 100% juice
    Tree Top 100% Apple Juice
    Tree Top Three Apple Blend 100% Fresh Pressed Juice
    Old Orchard Healthy Balance Grape
    Eating Right Kids Diced Pears Fruit Cups
    Stater Bros. Diced Pears Snack Bowl
    Dole Diced Peaches, Cling in Light Syrup
    Dole Diced Peaches, Freestone in Light Syrup
    Dole Sliced Peaches
    Eating Right Kids Diced Peaches in Extra Light Syrup
    Stater Bros. Diced Peaches Snack Bowl
    Del Monte Mixed Fruit

    See http://www.envirolaw.org/currentcases.html for details on products tested

  11. nhmom says:

    Full list of tested products are on the Envirolaw website:
    http://www.envirolaw.org/documents/ProductsTestedforLeadFINAL.pdf

  12. Emikat says:

    Thank you for this! Anyway you can determine where the contamination came from? The fruit itself, the packaging, the manufacturing process? Some brands that tested within safety limits would be great.

  13. mr. fish says:

    the pdf states you can find more info. on the ELF website.

  14. Lulubelle says:

    How is lead getting into these products? Is it leaching from the packaging? Is it in a common additive or preservative? Is it coming from the processing equipment?

  15. KansasPerson says:

    Here ya go — found a link showing ALL products tested, including the (very few!) ones that were tested but did NOT have lead levels exceeding 0.5 micrograms:

    http://envirolaw.org/documents/ProductsTestedforLeadFINAL.pdf

    You can see the other case documents at:

    http://envirolaw.org/currentcases.html

    Hope this helps!

  16. cherokeys says:

    @fdnywife: These are the products that tested lead-free, according to http://www.envirolaw.org/documents/ProductsTestedforLeadFINAL.pdf

    Great Value 100% Apple Juice not from concentrate
    Harvest Day 100% Apple Juice from Concentrate
    Kirkland Fresh Pressed Apple Juice Pasteurized
    Martinelli’s Gold Medal Apple Juice 100% pure from US grown fresh apples
    R.W. Knudsen Organic Apple Juice unfiltered
    Raley’s Everyday 100% Apple Juice
    Sunny Select 100% Unfiltered Apple Juice
    Trader Joe’s Fresh Pressed Apple Juice all natural pasteurized, 100% juice
    Tree Top 100% Apple Juice
    Tree Top Three Apple Blend 100% Fresh Pressed Juice

    Old Orchard Healthy Balance Grape

    Eating Right Kids Diced Pears Fruit Cups
    Stater Bros. Diced Pears Snack Bowl

    Dole Diced Peaches, Cling in Light Syrup
    Dole Diced Peaches, Freestone in Light Syrup
    Dole Sliced Peaches
    Eating Right Kids Diced Peaches in Extra Light Syrup
    Stater Bros. Diced Peaches Snack Bowl

    Del Monte Mixed Fruit

  17. frampop says:

    The only thing you’re missing is your common sense. They tested virtually ALL children’s foods/juices. Even listing the ones that are ok would take a ridiculously long time. Common sense would tell you to take THIS list to the store and avoid foods on it.

  18. frampop says:

    Instead of complaining you should use common sense and take this list to store of your choice and AVOID foods on it.

  19. sbclara1 says:

    Which products are safe?

  20. Blanche Bird says:

    The only grape juice they recommend has Splenda in it! AUUUUGH. I really wish they would have tested store brands from other states. This just makes us scared without being able to do much other than cut out the three kinds of juice we’ve ever used.

  21. SherryK says:

    And where did the lead come from – the processing or the packaging. White-lined packaging only??

  22. wean green says:

    This is crazy! See my blog post about pesticides in juices as well! Juice just isn’t seeming like a good idea. Thanks for posting! http://weangreen.com/blog/glass-of-pesticides/

  23. atom says:

    Link contains list of all the samples and whether they exceeded or did not exceed the levels.

    http://www.envirolaw.org/documents/ProductsTestedforLeadFINAL.pdf

  24. robin says:

    Any idea why there would be lead in there?

  25. Valarie says:

    I’m looking for the same information – nothing on NPR’s site or in the legal notification. Does anyone know which of the 146 tested were actually safe???

  26. paulanrose says:

    Juicey Juice Rocks!

  27. greenmom2g1b says:

    Why has no one considered just being safe and healthy and eating FRESH fruits, not giving their children juice/soda but instead water or squeeze your own fresh juice. Stop feeding them processed foods/fruits/veggies and you wouldn’t have to worry about a “safe” list. Go to your local grocery or self-pick farm, buy some fresh fruit, sqeeze it for your own juice or feed it to your children, it’s as simple as that! There is a world beyond packaged food…I wish more people would realize this and take a better role in keeping their children healthy. Aside from lead being in those fruit cups/juices you have excess sugar, high fructose corn syrup, PVC in the packaging etc. none of which are “healthy” to be putting into your child’s body, so why not give them something that is strictly what you meant it to be… No wonder childhood obesity and diabetes statistics are at unbelievably high and rediculous rates! Come on people think twice about what you are feeding your children….lead is not the only issue here!

  28. greenmom2g1b says:

    How come no one has considered just being safe and more healthy and eating FRESH fruits, not giving their children juice/soda but instead water or squeeze your own fresh juice. Stop feeding them processed foods/fruits/veggies and you wouldn’t have to worry about a “safe” list. Go to your local grocery or self-pick farm, buy some fresh fruit, sqeeze it for your own juice or feed it to your children, it’s as simple as that! There is a world beyond packaged food…I wish more people would realize this and take a better role in keeping their children healthy. Aside from lead being in those fruit cups/juices you have excess sugar, high fructose corn syrup, PVC in the packaging etc. none of which are “healthy” to be putting into your child’s body, so why not give them something that is strictly what you meant it to be… No wonder childhood obesity and diabetes statistics are at unbelievably high and rediculous rates! Come on people think twice about what you are feeding your children….lead is not the only issue here!

  29. nparasida says:

    Some of you are missing the unsaid point here — it’s not about what brands do not have the lead, and which do.

    It would be foolish to assume that this only applies to kids juice and snacks — because then we would have to assume that these manufactures are targeting children with lead. I think this is an indication of a larger systemic problem with regards to our food and beverage industry. I suspect this is only the begging of things like this to come. It’s pretty sad that we can’t protect our most vulnerable from something so easily preventable. Who will save us from ourselves?

  30. megusuke says:

    The lists do not specify whether the contaminated products are bottled, canned, or boxed. Is there a way to get a list that tells us this?

  31. sambo79 says:

    #1 – There are indeed Krogers west of Texas. It’s called Smith’s or Fry’s.

    #2 – Juicy Juice is made by Nestle, which is EVIL!!!

    Give your kids water.

  32. obsi says:

    Awesome, we should blame China for all these lead in American food products too.

  33. scientistdad says:

    My family and I will wait until the ELF publishes its methods and primary data in a peer-reviewed journal. As of now, they claim their methodology and raw data is “confidential.” That’s simply unacceptable. I seem to recall a certain advocacy group a few years publishing a similar derived data set with purported mercury levels in children’s foods that turned out to be BS.

  34. OldSturgeon says:

    Let’s see, these are all products that people have been enjoying for a while, and wouldn’t you know it, there haven’t been any lead poisoning epidemics! So who the fuck cares?

  35. dianes says:

    Typically lead gets into food through the soil, and contaminated soil is actually a bigger threat than chipped lead paint and lead paint dust. Any soil near a house, or in a residential area, is at risk of having high lead content – it’s not just industrial areas. Lead can be removed from the soil by planting green leafy vegetables (kale, lettuce, chard, etc.) because they pull it up, and then dispose of the vegetables as toxic (lead) waste. This is a very complicated matter and it is scary to see it brought to light through testing the food on our plates.

  36. Dann says:

    This is scary… this is just what they tested just think of everything else we eat. What is safe to eat?

  37. Truckin79 says:

    HappyCamper it is not Poppycock. For your information Kroger does indeed have stores West of the Mississippi but in the west they are called Fry’s or Dillon Supermarkets. Try doing better research before spouting off at the mouth.

  38. T in WA says:

    Kroger owns Ralph’s grocery in California I believe, definintely QFC and Fred Meyer in WA which carry Kroger brands.

  39. stunnercold says:

    Hey every one, this article does not state any concrete numbers regarding the pesticide concentrations in food products. It just states crude figures without any explanation of the methodology and the control setup that was used to come up with these figures, Its just all crazy hype. Its funny that even the celebrities are endorsing such views without the need of any damning proof. See my blog post about the idiot famous celebrities going nuts about the alleged pesticide concentrations in food stuff.

    Celebs-gone-health-nuts

  40. e_newton1 says:

    People, here is the page to find all of the info from ELF concerning this issue.

    http://www.envirolaw.org/currentcases.html

    it is the first case titled Lead in Children’s Foods

    Read the FAQ it will answer many of your questions.

    http://www.envirolaw.org/documents/FAQsLeadinChildrensFoods.pdf

  41. Ignatuis says:

    Fruit grown in contaminated soil- remember all that “leaded” gasoline? It persists in the environment, long after you use it. And jet fuel in the atmosphere rains it down on land where crops grow, and it gets into water as well.

    We are poisoning ourselves slowly, but the rate gets faster all the time.

  42. Barefoot Books Liz says:

    So why haven’t these drinks been recalled?

  43. pssdmama says:

    F*%$ing great…just gave my 9 month old 2 oz. of earths best apple juice this morning. F*&@ing great…..

  44. JuliaZ says:

    In Washington state, Kroger foods are distributed by QFC and Fred Meyer. Kroger has national distribution; just watch the generics and store brands at your various markets and you will probably eventually find some Kroger products. Most are fine. I must admit that I’m glad I give my kids fruit instead of juice, and on the rare days we have juice, it’s never from a juice box. Just too much waste for us!

  45. kapauldo says:

    (posted to pikk) Worry or Relax? 85% of Kids’ Drinks, Snacks Could Contain High Levels of Lead [VOTE] – http://www.pikk.com/3d6a7

  46. mcbride17 says:

    Take a look at the labels of the apple juice products next time you go to the grocery store. Almost every single one uses apples from China, where they still use leaded gasoline.

  47. mometalk says:

    How was the packaged fruit packaged? Can? Single servings? Was it the entire line of products? Same with the juice – large bottles? Single servings?

  48. Gapch918 says:

    My child does not drink juice, only water from different filtered sources and still has a high level of lead. None of these products are ones we have bought as we only use fresh. The standard sources don’t apply in our case so we are dumbfounded. The dr said it is rare in our area. We are having the baby retested but if it is high again we are at a loss

  49. Gapch918 says:

    Greenmom: most people are too lazy and/or uneducated when it comes to preparing healthy food for their children. It’s shocking to see what people feed their children and wonder why they are overweight and have health problems.

  50. heavensentbabies says:

    Water isn’t exactly safe either, though- with the high hormones in it and other things (people take birth control, void, it doesn’t filter out of our water- that might have something to do with fertility problems in the US)…other drugs are in our drinking water, too, that don’t filter out from all the people taking drugs in our nation.

  51. adauterive says:

    I am on the phone right now with Motts and they claim that the levels of lead and arsenic were very low….but keep in mind there are no safe levels of lead for children, babies or for that matter adutls!!!

  52. madvalken says:

    While there is going to be constant issues with our food sources due to mass productions from single sources. My opinion is fresh is best, local even better. And while some may feel this is enough scientific proof yet-I feel better safe than sorry. Aside from the high fructose corn syrup and the other additives, these juices are often in boxes, plastic bottles, or cans (the cans and boxes lined with plastic-PVC). PVC has been studied greatly and does release chemicals known to cause cancer and be found in high levels in our bodies. Thanks. I just take is as a reminder to be aware of where our food comes from. While bulk, whole foods are not the complete answer it is a start. And we do need more accountability from big manufacturers. It can be overwhelming and depressing but I am glad that we have other resources out there that question. Another reputable resource that might be worth checking out (I have not looked up more information about the lead factor but plan to do so) is http://www.ewg.org (environmental working group). Here’s to a better, healthier planet for all!

  53. bwsf says:

    OldSturgeon: I care. And so should you. Lead in small doses poisons slowly, often causing neurological issues, ESPECIALLY in children. This is a problem.

  54. bwsf says:

    Greenmom: The organic versions of these juices are marketed towards us as being the convenient answer to your juicing of fresh fruit, because not all of us have the time to do that, plain and simple. (Not that we would not want to under ideal circumstances.) And if they want us to think that, then they better damn well make that the truth. THAT is why people are upset about this, even though packaged juice might not be the best option.

  55. lilith says:

    @greenmom2g1b

    The lead is coming from the fruit itself (most likely from the pesticides used or soil contamination). Not because the items in question are packaged/processed. Now the question is, how much of the fresh fruit and veggies we’re serving our children are also tainted?

  56. get_real says:

    I like that you are all worried about the kids.
    But think about this; this could be a marketing ploy or this could be idiots that “think” they know how to get real lead results….it could be one of many things and until the method they used is detailed and specific results are shown, you should merely think of this article as a “beware”, not a “truth”.

    Half of the people who write stuff like this are part of the corporate marketing mechanism. ..and when you do not see specific test results that make sane sense…you should ignore them and tell the author to go and fuck themselves with their ignorance.

  57. jeng says:

    I have bought some of these products, in a glass container, at Earth Fare, labeled organic. And now I’m learning it’s full of lead – REALLY? I’m just so fed up with the bombardment of chemicals in our society that I’m ready to live off the grid and away from it all.

  58. Sharon M. says:

    I was unaware until recently myself, that nearly all naturally grown from the ground fruits and vegetables contain lead and other trace elements, simply because lead part of our planet’s make up. It is in the soil, the water and the air we breathe. Some from pollutants formerly not regulated, but most just part of earth naturally. Many animals and fish also contain lead because they eat and drink from our same world. You can purify lead out of water, but you can’t take lead out of fruits, vegetables, etc or their juices without taking out all the other great nutrients these plants also take up from the ground that are essential to our bodies good health. Our children need the essential nutrients from these items, but they need to be consumed in the recommended quanities. The American Academy of Peds recommends 4-6 oz for children1-6 years of age and.

  59. glittergirlwacki says:

    Next time you post something like this could you somehow do a “printer friendly” version? I wanted to make a copy for my son’s preschool and ended up with 32 pages. Thanks. Great article and thanks for FaceBook for spreading the word!

  60. happylilones says:

    @HappyCamperInCA

    There are not Kroger stores West of Texas, however, Kroger brand foods are sold at Fry’s grocery stores in AZ and probably in other states as well.

  61. naanaa says:

    Where is the lead coming from found in these products. From water or what? How is the lead getting in the products?

  62. dottyspog says:

    It looks like “Plum Organics” wasn’t tested. Too bad, that’s what we feed our baby.

  63. dottyspog says:

    I’m wondering if “Plum Organics” baby food was tested. That’s what we have been feeding our baby.

  64. happymom123 says:

    In regards to people saying that there is no high lead outbreak well there is. My infant along with 12 other infants from various family’s in my state and other states have tested high for lead. And we all did the same thing and went to the store and bought expensive lead testing kits and tested our baby’s toys and our households and came up with no lead. Well I guess we now know why our kids are testing high for lead, because of juice and baby food. And all of you saying feed your kids water; water has all sorts of chemicals in it to clean it like chlorine you don’t let your kids swallow pool water with it in there and also floride which had been proven to cause cancer. Hello the box of toothpaste says DO NOT SWALLOW yet we put it in drinking water and let our kids drink it. Bright idea!! I think all of us parents need to smarten up and demand better tested and safer chemical free food and drinks for our children.

  65. Pure Mothers says:

    Why are we assuming that fresh fruits are any safer? No one mentioned whether the lead was due to packaging, cross contamination in the factory or high levels of lead in the soil to begin with. If it’s the latter, then fresh fruits will also have high levels.

  66. julia24 says:

    COULD contain high levels of lead? What is that supposed to mean? I guess in that case, 85% COULD NOT contain high levels of lead as well.

    Thanks
    http://www.egenergy.com

  67. leapingwaters says:

    earth’s best organics…i too, would like to know (aside from the juice/food) coming in from china, how the lead is getting into the food/containers. The other important note here is that for all of those with high lead tests results there are foods that help eliminate and pull metals from the body, seaweeds being one of them. it is a crazy world we are living in and becoming dependent upon packaged goods is not a good idea, which I think we are all aware of here. that being said, just because it passes the FDA means doesn’t weigh too heavily as of now as they still allow aluminum and red #5 to be used in cosmetics as well as propolene gycol in deoderants, which is also used in anti-freeze. it’s too ad our legislatures and reps in charge fall short in the common sense department. until we no longer have a world involving money as a tool of barter, nothing will change. its always about money and power. and who ever has the most money, has the power.

  68. bleepon says:

    It would be more helpful for this article to include the brands we can safely drink.

  69. halimlee says:

    what about prepackaged milk such as Horizon organic milk? i live in Hong Kong where many of the food and packaged drinks come from China (even though it claims to be made in HK) which i distrust to being with. I am going on the assumption that these are highly contaminated, probably more so than the US products!

  70. AronRubin says:

    For those who are asking where the lead is coming from my understanding is that a lot results from the way bleach is made. It is applied either as a sterilization agent or to whiten.

  71. Melinda S. says:

    Given that there are some of each type of fruit with no lead, I’m not convinced that the lead is inherent in the fruits, as some here have suggested.

  72. Sharon M. says:

    The USDA has conducted studies on highly consumable foods, including foods served to babies since 1990. While the study is difficult to decipher it reports testing on fruits, vegetables, fish, and countless other foods, and it appears to support the fact that trace elements are present at barely undetectable levels in naturally grown foods. See Total Diet Study at the USDA website.

  73. HealthyOates says:

    Thank you so much for posting this list! I’m linking to you from my site! This is very helpful! I’m glad there are other raising an awareness of toxins in our food!

  74. dansho says:

    Great article on toxins in food products. I recently came across information that many high profile foodstuff conglomerates are illegally using extracts from exotic sea creatures to give food flavoring a ‘punch’. These extracts are obtained from very newly discovered marine creatures that haven’t even been named yet by biologists yet. I just found a website actually showing these exotic marine creatures being utilized for extraction, some of these creatures are downright hideous and extremely venomous. What has the world some to these days!

  75. Stephanie @ Metropolitan Mama says:

    These lab results are disturbing, to say the least. We generally don’t buy juice boxes/bags for our girls (ages 1 & 3). This post confirms our decision.

  76. missellison2007 says:

    Hi there!

    This news is so disturbing. As a mother, I strive to put the finest foods into my child’s body. I can’t believe Motts, Welch’s, Trader Joes, and Earth’s Best have products contaminated with lead!!!

    I recently filed with a class action lawsuit, and you can too! All you have to do is contact Howard Rubenstein at howardr@pdq.net, or Ben Lopatin at blopatin@gmail.com.

  77. 2pacChopra says:

    Unfortunate. “high” could only be referring to the state of mind of these opportunistic SF folks trying to feed their families on hot issues like these. FOR SHAME!!. Instead of tackling real, serious issues like FLUORIDE industrial waste the government is taxing us to put in our water or the fact that GM food mfgs won again refuse to label products. WTF up. They’ve got us by the food! Fight for disclosure instead of getting suckered by another career hippies spin. It’s patriotic.

  78. plum2010 says:

    NPR had a program yesterday about lead leaching from brass water fixtures into our drinking water. According to the Brita water filter website, their water filters “significantly reduce” the amount of lead in drinking water. Perhaps we could make our own fruit juices from fresh fruit and filtered water. This way we’d know what is in the juice, and we’d stop relying on profit-focused businesses to do right by our children (and us!). Plus, it’s cheaper and less likely to add to our landfills.

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