California Judge Rules Out Lead Warnings on Baby Food Packaging
Garden Grove, CA, August 1st, 2013
In 2011, the Environmental Law Foundation (ELF), a non-profit organization, filed a lawsuit that alleged that some children and baby foods contained lead. The lawsuit questioned whether the food manufacturers are required by Proposition 65 to place warnings on their fruit, vegetable and grape drink products.
In California, lead is listed on the Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act of 1986, which is better known by its original name of Proposition 65. Lead was added to the Prop 65 list in 1987, shortly after the list was formed.
Just recently, a judge released a tentative ruling that has determined that lead warnings will not be necessary on the food packaging in question. Lead is a highly toxic metal and is dangerous to all people, but especially to children. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), “There are approximately half a million U.S. children ages 1-5 with blood lead levels above 5 micrograms per deciliter (µg/dL), the reference level at which CDC recommends public health actions be initiated.”
One California company that has been at the forefront of providing testing services for lead is LA Testing. LA Testing has a network of laboratories in California that provide lead testing services for food products, consumer goods and environmental samples. Their services are available to the public, environmental consultants, industry and government regulators.
“Whether lead in children’s foods is naturally occurring or due to other reasons, it’s important that children have minimal exposure to this toxic metal,” reported Michael Chapman, Laboratory Manager of LA Testing’s Garden Grove facility. “LA Testing offers affordable and rapid testing services that can quickly identify the presence of lead to help prevent needless exposure to this material.”
To learn more about testing services for lead in consumer products, foods and from environmental samples, please visit www.LATesting.com, email info@LATesting.com or call (800) 755-1794.
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