Not So Friendly Kid Food Products

We are aware that toxins from paint, plastics and chemicals, inks and dyes, building materials, lead-based paint from walls and windowsills are not healthy. Even imported food has the potential for lead poisoning, but food processed in the U.S.?

I’m as tired as you are hearing about the list of processed foods, which are not healthy. Fifteen million pounds of SpagettiOs have recently been recalled because of possible under-processing. The latest news is that there are toxic metals in kids’ drinks and snacks.

Eighty-five percent of kids’ drinks and snacks that were tested were found to contain high levels of lead. Most scientists agree there is NO safe level of lead exposure, especially when it comes to babies and children.

Hannah is sipping home-made lemonade.

Children are especially vulnerable to toxins. Their brains, nervous systems, and organs are not mature and are rapidly developing.

Quantities of lead in bottled juice, juice boxes, and packaged fruit could exceed federal limits, according to the Environmental Law Foundation. The Bay Area-based environmental nonprofit tested nearly 400 samples from 150 branded products marketed to children, including apple juice, grape juice, packaged pears and peaches (including baby food), and fruit cocktail mixes. The results are alarming. More than 85 percent of the 146 products tested contained enough lead in a single serving to warrant a warning label under California’s Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act of 1986.

In California’s Enforcement Act of 1986, the state publishes a list of chemicals known to cause cancer or reproductive harm. The group said under the law, agencies were given 60 days to decide whether to launch prosecutions against the alleged violations. If, after this period, no such prosecutions had commenced, it pledged to file its own lawsuit.

The environmental group says it undertook the testing to see if the kid-friendly juice and food products complied with a California law requiring manufacturers to post safety warnings on products if they exceed lead levels set by state scientists. The group has sent notices of suspected violations of state law to California Attorney General Jerry Brown.

Many individual servings of apple juice, grape juice, packaged peaches and pears and fruit cocktail—all lunchbox staples—contained lead above the daily limit for young kids. Those limits were established by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

More troubling is that the results included both organic and conventional products: Earth’s Best Organic 365 Everyday Value Organic, Trader Joe’s, and Walnut Acres, Welch’s, Minute Maid, Gerber, Del Monte and Dole.

“If someone is making unfortunate choices in the brands that they’re buying and serving their children, this could be a cause of concern because they might be getting more lead than is healthy for them,” said David Schardt, a senior nutritionist at the Center for Science in the Public Interest, a consumer advocacy group which tracks food-safety issues.

The warning did not indicate where the lead was coming from. Why are some brands free from lead? Is the lead coming from the manufacturing process? Is it being leached from the container?

Kids will be healthier, when moms return to squeezing their own fruit for juice, have their kids chug plenty of fresh water (stead of sodas) and pack picnics with homemade foods.

1. 365 Everyday Value Organic 100% Juice Concord Grapes
2. Beech Nut 100% Apple Juice
3. Best Yet Bartlett Pear Halves in Heavy Syrup
4. Best Yet Chunky Mixed Fruit in Pear Juice
5. Best Yet Yellow Cling Peach Halves in Heavy Syrup
6. Chef’s Review Fruit Cocktail
7. Del Monte 100% Juice Fruit Cocktail
8. Del Monte Chunky Mixed Fruit in 100% Juice (peach, pear, grape, etc.)
9. Del Monte Diced Pears in Light Syrup
10. Del Monte Freestone Peach Slices in 100% Juice
11. Del Monte Fruit Cocktail in Heavy Syrup (peach, pear, grapes)
12. Del Monte Fruit Cocktail No Sugar Added
13. Del Monte Lite Fruit Cocktail in Extra Light Syrup
14. Del Monte Pear Halves in Heavy Syrup
15. Del Monte Pear Halves, Bartlett Pears in 100% real fruit juice from concentrate
16. Del Monte Sliced Yellow Cling Peaches in 100% Juice
17. Del Monte Sliced Yellow Cling Peaches in heavy syrup
18. Dole Diced Peaches, Yellow Cling in light syrup
19. Dole Mixed Fruit in Light Syrup
20. Dole Pear Halves in Juice
21. Earth’s Best Organics Apple Juice
22. Eating Right Fruit Cocktail packed in Sucralose
23. Eating Right No Sugar Fruit Cocktail
24. First Street 100% Apple Cider from concentrate
25. First Street Apple Juice from concentrate 100% juice
26. First Street Diced Pears
27. First Street Fruit Cocktail in heavy syrup
28. First Street Grape Juice from concentrate 100% juice
29. First Street Sliced Bartlett
30. First Street Yellow Cling Peaches in heavy syrup
31. Full Circle Organic Apple Juice
32. Full Circle Organic Bartlett Pear Slices
33. Gerber 100% Juice – White Grape Juice
34. Gerber 100% Juice Apple Juice
35. Gerber 3rd Foods Peaches
36. Gerber 3rd Foods Pears
37. Golden Star Mixed Fruit in Light Syrup (peach, pineapple, pears)
38. Golden Star Peach Halves in Heavy Syrup
39. Great Value 100% Grape Juice
40. Great Value 100% No Sugar Added Apple Juice
41. Great Value Bartlett Pear Halves in 100% Juice
42. Great Value Bartlett Sliced Pears in Heavy Syrup
43. Great Value No Sugar Added Fruit Cocktail
44. Great Value Yellow Cling Sliced Peaches
45. Hansen’s Natural Apple Juice
46. Kedem Concord Grape Juice 100% pure grape juice
47. Kroger 100% Juice Apple Juice
48. Kroger Fruit Cocktail in Heavy Syrup
49. Kroger Grape Juice 100% Juice
50. Kroger Lite Fruit Cocktail in Pear Juice
51. Kroger Value Fruit Mix (Peaches, pears, grapes)
52. Langers Apple Juice 100% Juice
53. Langers Grape Juice (Concord)
54. Langers Red Grape Juice
55. Libby’s Fruit Cocktail No Sugar Added (Sweetened with Splenda)
56. Libby’s Yellow Cling Peach Slices No Sugar Added (Sweetened with Splenda)
57. Market Pantry Diced Peaches in light syrup
58. Market Pantry Diced Pears in light syrup
59. Market Pantry Mixed Fruit in light syrup
60. Maxx Value Fruit Mix in Light Syrup (peach, pear, grape)
61. Maxx Value Pear Pieces in Light Syrup
62. Minute Maid Juice Apple – 100% Apple Juice
63. Motts 100% Apple Juice
64. Mrs. Brown’s Fruit Cocktail in Heavy Syrup (peaches, pears, grapes)
65. O Organics Organic Grape Juice from concentrate
66. O Organics Organic Unfiltered Apple Juice Not From Concentrate
67. Old Orchard 100% Apple Juice
68. Parade 100% Juice Apple
69. Polar Mixed Fruit
70. Polar Peach Slices
71. Polar Pear Halves in light syrup
72. R.W. Knudsen Just Concord Grape Juice
73. R.W. Knudsen Organic Just Concord
74. Raley’s 100% Grape Juice
75. Raley’s Fruit Cocktail in Heavy Syrup
76. Raley’s Premium 100% Apple Juice not from Concentrate
77. Raley’s Sliced Yellow Cling Peaches in Heavy Syrup
78. S&W Natural Style Fruit Cocktail in Lightly Sweetened Juice
79. S&W Natural Style Pear Slices in Juice
80. S&W Natural Style Yellow Cling Peach Slices in Lightly Sweetened Juice
81. S&W Premium Peach Halves Yellow Cling Peaches in light syrup
82. S&W Sun Pears Premium
83. Safeway 100% Juice Apple Cider
84. Safeway 100% Juice Apple Juice
85. Safeway 100% Juice Grape Juice
86. Safeway Diced Peaches in Light Syrup
87. Safeway Fruit Cocktail in Heavy Syrup
88. Safeway Light Sugar Fruit Cocktail
89. Safeway Lite Bartlett Pear Halves in Pear Juice
90. Safeway Lite Fruit Cocktail in Pear Juice
91. Safeway Organic Grape Juice
92. Safeway Pear Halves in Light Juice
93. Safeway Yellow Cling Peach Slices in Pear Juice
94. Santa Cruz Organic Concord Grape Juice
95. Simple Value Yellow Cling Peaches in light syrup
96. Stater Bros. 100% Juice Apple Juice
97. Stater Bros. 100% Juice Grape Juice
98. Stater Bros. 100% Juice White Grape Juice
99. Stater Bros. Fruit Cocktail in Heavy Syrup
100. Stater Bros. Yellow Cling Peach Halves
101. Stater Bros. Yellow Cling Sliced Peaches in heavy syrup
102. Sunny Select 100% Apple Juice
103. Sunny Select 100% Grape Juice
104. Sunny Select Fruit Cocktail in Juice
105. Sunny Select Pear Halves in Pear Juice
106. Sunny Select Yellow Cling Sliced Peaches in Pear Juice
107. Trader Joe’s Certified Organic Apple Juice, pasteurized
108. Trader Joe’s Concord Grape Juice made from fress pressed organic concord grapes
109. Trader Joe’s Pear Halves in white grape juice
110. Trader Joe’s Yellow Cling Peach Halves in while grape juice
111. Tree Top 100% Juice Apple Cider
112. Tree Top 100% Juice, Grape
113. Truitt Brothers Pacific NorthWest Bartlett Pear Halves, in pear juice from concentrate
114. Valu Time Grape Drink from Concentrate
115. Valu Time Irregular Bartlett Pear Slices
116. Valu Time Yellow Cling Peach Slices
117. Walgreens Apple Juice from concentrate 100% juice
118. Walgreens Grape Juice from concentrate 100% juice
119. Walnut Acres Organic Concord Grape
120. Walnut Grove Market 100% Apple Juice
121. Walnut Grove Market Grape Juice
122. Walnut Grove Market Natural Peaches Sliced Yellow Cling in Light Syrup
123. Walnut Grove Market Natural Pear Halves in Heavy Syrup
124. Welch’s 100% Grape Juice (from Welch’s Concord Grapes)
125. Welch’s 100% Red Grape Juice from Concentrate

6 thoughts on “Not So Friendly Kid Food Products

  1. jackie herrera says:

    I think your next book should be ‘Baby Garden’ how to grow your own food, because I have no idea how to grow anything but after this last article, I don’t trust anything the FDA approves.

  2. gary says:

    This is as good as it’s going to get. You are aware of this aren’t you? The only way to eat really healthy is like our grandparents, or maybe great grandparents did. Either grow or buy from the farm. press your own juices, can your vegies, and kill your meat out in the woods. Salmon can still be eaten as much as you want, but it is the only fish that can…….. so far.

  3. Dona says:

    This really makes me angry. As a mom I try to feed my daughter healthy food by skipping all those fruit punches and fruit cocktails and giving her 100% fruit juice, which is already going against the stream of what her friends get, and now I find out that I may be killing her with them too. What the heck is the FDA doing anyway!!!!

    Nonna, thanks for this info and Jessica, thanks for the shorter list.

  4. Diana B. says:

    Are those fruit juices listed frozen in a can?

    Luckily I never buy fruit in a can or spaghetti O’s. I try not to buy anything else canned after reading that most cans are lined with plastic that contains BPA. I read that the Environmental Working Group did a study that 1 in 10 cans of food and 1 in 3 cans of formula a single serving was 200 times the FDA’s safe level for other industrial chemicals. An a UK study showed out of 64 cans purchased from a grocer 40 contained BPA. BPA is linked to insulin resistance, early puberty, prostate cancer…After reading that in a book I decided rather be safe than sick and avoid the cans as much as possible. I read too that Eden Organics uses a natural resin based liner that does not contain BPA. And for now it’s not on the lead list, so if you want canned veggies that might be a good option. ( FYI: info. came from “Master Your Metabolism” book, it has a few chapters on how other environmental elements like cleaning products etc. can also disrupt hormone balance, in addition to the main bulk of the book being about how diet can throw off a woman’s hormone balance.)

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