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.
Michelle Briscoe, President/CEO of BAL, presented last month at a Congressional Briefing for the bi-partisan and bi-cameral Congressional Chemistry Caucus as part of a contingent from the American Council of Independent Laboratories (ACIL). The theme of the briefing was “Protecting Public Health, Safety, and the Environment: Independent Testing Laboratories and the Federal Government”. Ms. Briscoe, pictured with the moderator of the briefing, Dr. Joel Creswell, legislative aid for Rep. Lipinski (D-IL), discussed the role independent specialty laboratories play supporting governmental agencies and cutting-edge research. She provided diverse examples of how BAL was working with the EPA on method development and the FDA on characterization of toxic compounds in food, as well as how BAL supports the FDA-regulated biopharmaceutical industry through characterization of trace metals impacting commercial production of oncology drugs. Visit the BAL website for more information on any of these topics!