Consumer Reports recently published a study that evaluated the levels of certain heavy metals in 50 different baby food products. As you may recall this is a topic in which BAL has previously been involved by working with Healthy Babies Bright Futures and it continues to garner national attention. The reason for concern is simple and is stated in the Consumer Reports article, “‘Babies and toddlers are particularly vulnerable due to their smaller size and developing brains and organ systems,’ says James E. Rogers, Ph.D., director of food safety research and testing at Consumer Reports.” For this reason, BAL is continuously working to be the industry leader in food testing by not applying a “one-size-fits-all” approach to various food matrices.
By evaluating the ingredients of each food and beverage product, particularly when performing speciation, BAL ensures that the correct preparation approach is chosen, and the results will be representative of what is actually being consumed. This becomes particularly important for infant and toddler foods because small inaccuracies in quantitation can be far more impactful to the long-term health and development of the children consuming these products.
If you would like to learn more about how we can assist with your food, beverage, or supplement testing needs, you can visit our webpage on this topic or Contact Us to get pricing or any other information specific to your request.
At the National Environmental Monitoring Conference (NEMC) in New Orleans last month, two of our BAL scientists presented in the session “Metals and Metals Speciation Analysis of Environmental Samples”. Annie Carter’s presentation focused on the determination of elemental mercury in soils by selective volatilization, while Brian Smith’s presentation described a method comparison for the analysis of bioaccessible lead and arsenic in soils. Contact us today to learn more about either of these recently developed methods!
BAL is headed north to Canada once again! This time Ben Wozniak and Geoff Leadbeater will be exhibiting at the Canadian Ecotoxicity Workshop (CEW). Held in Vancouver, BC from September 30 to October 3, CEW is Canada’s predominant annual meeting in the field of ecological toxicology and related disciplines. Please contact us if you would like to learn more or connect while we’re in the area.