Research finds high arsenic levels in some baby formula, cereal bars

Researchers at Dartmouth College took a look at how much arsenic is in many of the foods we eat, and they discovered some rates that were disturbingly high.

Research:  Arsenic found in baby formula

Research: Arsenic found in baby formula

A new study on organic brown rice syrup used as a sweetener found arsenic in some of the foods, including baby formula and cereal bars.

Researchers at Dartmouth College took a look at how much arsenic is in many of the foods we eat, and they discovered some rates that were disturbingly high. 

They found at least one formula sample had six times the legal limit of arsenic the government allows in drinking water.  Water is not supposed to have 10-parts per billion of arsenic, but they found as much as 128-parts per billion of arsenic. 

The report did not list specific brands.

The rice industry said that Dartmouth’s report is misleading to consumers.  The industry stated if there was arsenic in rice, it is not the kind that can harm humans.

However, the researchers said it could harm human beings.

One expert CNN spoke with said it was easy to avoid the ingredient if you wanted to.

Right now, there are no federal laws restricting how much of the carcinogen can be in food.  Arsenic is found in soil and has been linked to cancer and immune system problems.

The Food and Drug Administration is conducting their own study and could issue a recall after the report is complete.

Read the study, here.

(CNN Wire contributed to this report)

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