85 per cent of childrens' drinks contain lead exceeding federal limits for young kids
Tuesday, June 15th 2010, 4:00 AM
Godnik/GettyAccording to the Environmental Law Foundation, 85 percent of kids' drinks contain so much lead they may exceed federal limits for young children.
Both organic and conventional juices were among the lead-tainted products, according to the Environmental Law Foundation, a Bay Area-based environmental nonprofit that used a U.S. Environmental Protection Agencycertified lab to test 400 samples of 150 products marketed to kids.
Of 146 products, 125 were contaminated with enough lead in a single serving to require a warning label under California's Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act of 1986...
...Besides juices in flavors like apple and grape, the products included fruit cocktail mixes, packaged pears and peaches and some baby food, according to Inhabitots.com..
...Excessive lead exposure can cause anemia, hearing damage, behavioral problems, learning disabilities and a host of other problems in children, according to the Mayo Clinic.