Welcoming a New Baby Girl to the BAL Family!
On April 10th BAL Project Manager Jacki Aitken and her husband, Keven, welcomed a beautiful baby girl to their family: Ophelia Juniper. Their son, Silas, is excited to be a BIG brother! Everyone is doing great and happy to be home, trying to get as much sleep as possible. All of us at Brooks Applied Labs are so happy for the Aitken family and wish them well as they adjust to life as a bigger family!
In the News (Again) – Arsenic in Baby Food
Brooks Applied Labs was recently mentioned in a Canadian Broadcasting Company news segment on their investigation into arsenic concentration of baby foods sold in Canada. BAL performed the testing which showed some baby foods contained inorganic arsenic above the US FDA guideline and the EU regulatory limit of 100 ppb. While minimizing exposure to this harmful element is beneficial to people of all ages, it is especially important for infants due to their smaller size and proportionally larger calorie requirements. Our testing showed some baby foods contained inorganic arsenic above the US FDA guideline and the EU regulatory limit of 100 ppb. Read more about the CBC Marketplace investigation here, or watch the full news program here.
Compared to other grains, rice is known to contain higher levels of the toxic and carcinogenic element arsenic. But the arsenic concentrations and the proportion of the more harmful inorganic arsenic forms can vary widely in rice depending on a number of factors, including where the rice is grown, the growing conditions, and how it is processed after harvesting. Quantifying the more toxic inorganic arsenic forms via speciation analysis, which Brooks Applied Labs has been performing for decades, is therefore necessary to assess arsenic-related risks due to rice consumption.
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.
Join all of us at Brooks Applied Labs in congratulating Abby Rudd, Advanced Chemist, on the birth of her new baby boy, Calvin. Delivered on Tuesday, May 15th, Calvin weighed in at a healthy 6 lbs and 4 oz. and was soon home with his two furry feline siblings. Both parents are in good spirits and looking forward to all the rest and calm that comes with bringing a newborn home. All of us here at BAL wish nothing less than merriment to Abby and her family in the days and years to come.
Lydia Greaves, one of our stellar Project Managers, is currently on maternity leave as she and her husband, Lionel Greaves IV, welcomed their first family addition – Lionel Greaves V! Born on December 8, 2014, baby Lionel weighed in at a very healthy and hardy weight of 7 lbs 6 oz. They are surrounded by many loving family members and are excited to start a new chapter in life. Brooks Rand Labs wishes them well!