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I don't know what to think of this...WTH??

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Does anyone else feel like if it's not one thing to worry about, it's another?
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I saw this the other day. I'm so po'd about it. Is it really that hard for companies to be legit and make the right choices to keep everyone safe? Apparently so!
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Re: Kids drinks and snacks can contain lead?

Prop 65 requires the amount of lead in these products to cause a daily exposure of less than 0.5 micrograms. That's about .08 parts per million of most food products.

For reference, .08 ppm of a million dollars would be eight cents. Of a year, .08 ppm would be 2.5 seconds.

Lead occurs in nature at a greater concentration than this. Your kids are at greater risk eating dirt.

Testing equipment to detect 0.5 micrograms does not exist outside of government labs.

In short, it's fearmongering from a nonprofit who needs to raise donations to keep their jobs.
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That's gross. I know most vitamins, including children's vitamins contain lead too.
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Prop 65 requires the amount of lead in these products to cause a daily exposure of less than 0.5 micrograms. That's about .08 parts per million of most food products.

For reference, .08 ppm of a million dollars would be eight cents. Of a year, .08 ppm would be 2.5 seconds.

Lead occurs in nature at a greater concentration than this. Your kids are at greater risk eating dirt.

Testing equipment to detect 0.5 micrograms does not exist outside of government labs.

In short, it's fearmongering from a nonprofit who needs to raise donations to keep their jobs.
Interesting!

However, having a child with neurological damage makes me want to do everything possible to avoid lead and other toxins. For kids under five, lead is very harmful.. I wouldn't call it fearmongering, though I'm typically very skeptical of these things.
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Interesting!

However, having a child with neurological damage makes me want to do everything possible to avoid lead and other toxins. For kids under five, lead is very harmful.. I wouldn't call it fearmongering, though I'm typically very skeptical of these things.
It just frustrates me that in these threads (and organizations like this "nonprofit"), people (not you) have this attitude like Dole and Del Monte are adding a good dose of lead to every container in order to save money. That's not the case at all. They plant peaches in a field, then harvest them, cut 'em up, cook 'em, and put them in a jar and sell them. They go to all kinds of extraneous lengths to eliminate lead at every step of the process. Then some new testing equipment comes out that can detect .05 micrograms instead of .1 micrograms, and we're supposed to freak out about it.

I'm all about keeping LEAD of all things out of the diet of people everywhere. And maybe down the road somewhere, we'll find a process that eliminates 100%, and find out that that's good for us - so we'll do it. But to blame these BIG GREEDY AWFUL companies that sell baby food for $0.35/jar... they're not really doing anything wrong. They're trying to keep up as fast they can.

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Prop 65 requires the amount of lead in these products to cause a daily exposure of less than 0.5 micrograms. That's about .08 parts per million of most food products.

For reference, .08 ppm of a million dollars would be eight cents. Of a year, .08 ppm would be 2.5 seconds.

Lead occurs in nature at a greater concentration than this. Your kids are at greater risk eating dirt.

Testing equipment to detect 0.5 micrograms does not exist outside of government labs.

In short, it's fearmongering from a nonprofit who needs to raise donations to keep their jobs.


My first reaction when I read about this was to wonder what kind of testing equipment was being used and where they got ahold of it - because I seriously doubt that the food and juice manufacturers themselves have QC equipment capable of detecting lead at such low concentrations.

I'm all for limiting lead exposure, but it exposure levels need to be considered in context. This is such a small amount. And looking at the list of 'offenders', it is pretty clear that these lead levels persist across the board - high end manufacturers as well as store-brand, and organic products as well. Pretty hard to eliminate all lead from products when it is prevalent in the environment.

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