I have been wanting to do a post on this news story for the past few weeks, but was waiting to see if more information would come out. Here are some of the basics and my thoughts and opinions.
Where does Arsenic come from? Organic Arsenic is found naturally in soil and absorbed by crops (such as rice). Inorganic Arsenic is found in pesticides and was banned in 2009.
What is Brown Rice Syrup? Brown Rice Syrup is a sweetener used in many organic or gluten-free powdered baby formulas.
How does this happen? Because Brown rice is not processed like white rice, the arsenic levels are higher--hence brown rice syrup has higher levels.
So What Does this mean for Me? If you are currently feeding your baby organic powdered baby formula, be sure to check the label and see what ingredients are in the formula. The ingredients are listed from top to bottom as highest amount to least amount. Rumors are flying around about the brand Nature's One. I do not use baby formula and can not vouch either way as the study does not release the brands affected. I encourage you research this for yourself and keep your eyes on the labels. Hopefully this will encourage the FDA to take steps toward regulating arsenic in foods, especially for babies!
In this day and age, why do you think Arsenic not regulated in the U.S?
Why are the Brand Names of the products affected not being released to the public. This seems irresponsible to me...why let people continue to risk giving their babies poisoned formula that has arsenic levels 20x-30x above other formulas?