UK scientists find arsenic in baby foods

Arsenic levels in rice-based baby foods are high enough to put children eating them at risk of a range of cancers, the Guardian reported scientists as saying on Wednesday.

The researchers, who conducted a survey of arsenic levels in three common brands of baby rice, calculate that a baby eating the food with the highest arsenic content would receive around six times the maximum arsenic dose allowable under regulations governing arsenic in water.

While the British Food Standards Agency says that there is no danger to infants, the scientists would like regulations to be updated. Andrew Meharg, from the University of Aberdeen, said countries that have set standards for arsenic contamination recently have opted for far lower cut-off levels. He said 35% of the products would be illegal in China, for example.

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