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April 10, 2009

Would You Feed Your Baby Rocket Fuel?

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Would You Feed Your Baby Rocket Fuel?


Of course you wouldn’t feed an infant rocket fuel from a bottle, right?  Actually, you might be surprised to find that you probably have.

Government researchers recently found a chemical that is used as the main ingredient in solid rocket fuel present in 15 out of 15 brands of baby formula tested.  Don’t worry though; the Environmental Protection Agency doesn’t have a problem with the contaminated formula.

The chemical, perchlorate, at the levels found in the formula, have been deemed safe by the EPA.

Perchlorate is known to interfere with the production of thyroid hormones.  The chemical effectively inhibits the absorption of iodine.  But it’s okay that it’s in your baby’s food – because the EPA says so.

baby-bottleScientists at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found formula made with cow’s milk contained higher concentrations of perchlorate than soy formulas.  Unless a baby has an allergy or digestive problem with cow’s milk-based formula, it is what most are fed.

Two brands stood out with the highest levels of perchlorate.  Care to guess which ones?  The two brands that command 87 percent of the market share for baby formula had more than double the amount of the potentially dangerous chemical than other, less popular brands.

To compound the problem, drinking water in 25 states contains high levels of perchlorate.  If powdered baby formula is mixed with this water, parents could unknowingly be poisoning their children.

The Environmental Working Group has said the EPA’s recommended limit of perchlorate does not protect public health and downplays the risks.

So, who do you believe? The fact is that baby formulas contain perchlorate – the base ingredient of rocket fuel.  Scientist may debate about safe levels, but as a parent, do you really trust the EPA with your child’s health and safety?

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