The Food Standards Agency (FSA) has found that the levels of 15 metals and other elements in samples of baby foods do not pose a health concern.
An agency survey showed that metal element levels do not pose a health concern for infants and were generally similar to those measured in previous tests.

Babynat Organic Infant Formula from Organico Realfoods was identified by the FSA as having levels of iron slightly above the permitted limits. The product was found to contain iron at the level 1.6 mg/100 kcal, while the limit for iron in cows milk based infant formula is 1.5mg/100 kcal when iron is added to the product.

The FSA has informed Organico Realfoods and the local authority of the area where the product was bought, and the company has agreed to develop a new formulation to lower the iron levels.

The FSA stressed that it is very unlikely that infants would experience any problems from the level of iron in this one product.

The agency said in a statement: “European Commission experts, who set the limits for iron in infant formula, wanted to keep levels as low as possible to minimise any potential problems, while still ensuring nutritional standards were met. This means that levels ensure a margin of safety well below the point where there may be any health issue.”

The survey sampled 201 products, including infant formulae, growing-up milk, processed savoury baby food products, breakfast, rusks and breadsticks, biscuits, cereal bars and rice cakes, desserts, baby rice and fruit purées.

Products were analysed for levels of aluminium, antimony, arsenic, cadmium, chromium, copper, iodine, iron, lead manganese, mercury, nickel, selenium, tin and zinc.