Nature’s One: Consumer Reports Confirms Undetectable Arsenic in Baby’s Only Organic® Formulas
LEWIS CENTER, Ohio, Sept. 19, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — Today Consumer Reports released additional information about arsenic and its impact on America’s food supply. The arsenic testing conducted by Consumer Reports concluded that Baby’s Only Organic® formulas tested safe for a baby’s consumption. “When we tested the new versions of the two dairy formulas, the levels were either undetectable or nearly so,” stated Consumer Reports in its article, Arsenic in your food.
Nature’s One partners with a supplier that grows one of the purest sources of brown rice worldwide. “This coupled with our new organic-compliant filtration system has resulted in undetectable levels of arsenic in our organic brown rice syrup,” says Highman. The company is not disclosing specific information about its new rice supplier.
While there are no FDA regulations that define permissible levels of arsenic in foods, the EPA has established a maximum safe limit for arsenic in drinking water at 10 parts per billion. Nature’s One test results consistently confirm undetectable levels of arsenic at testing limits of less than 4 parts per billion (ppb). “We are very happy Consumer Reports’ arsenic testing validates the undetectable test results we’ve received by the independent lab, Applied Speciation Laboratory,” stated Highman.
Although Consumer Reports recommends “that babies eat no more than 1 serving of infant rice cereal per day on average,” parents do not need to limit the intake of organic brown rice syrup used in Baby’s Only Organic formulas. “Our organic brown rice syrup has undetectable arsenic levels, while rice cereals for babies tested at 110–329 ppb for arsenic according to Consumer Reports,” said Highman.
Nature’s One is committed to doing organic better than any other company. “Soy protein can be a bit more challenging than dairy protein; however, our new filtration system is capable of reducing other heavy metals as well, including lead and cadmium,” according to Highman. The company recently produced Baby’s Only Organic Soy formula using its filtered organic brown rice syrup and achieved arsenic levels at parity with other soy formulas on the U.S. market.
Organic regulations, which Nature’s One strictly adheres to, prohibit the use of arsenic-containing drugs known to be fed to farm animals as a preventative measure for disease and to increase growth while reducing the quantity of feed an animal consumes. Conventional farming involves the spreading of manure from animals treated with arsenic laden drugs, which adds to the negative impact commercial fertilizers have on ground water and soils. These are all practices prohibited by organic laws, but still cause contamination that organic companies must contend with.
This year in an unprecedented move, Nature’s One offered transparency by publicizing its arsenic test results for its organic formulas. This is just one component of the company’s Pure10 Pledge(TM) to its customers. Its Pure10 Pledge is backed with extensive testing, an uncompromising attitude toward ingredient standards, and a commitment to producing the most safe and nutritious formulas for the wellbeing of children.
About Nature’s One:
Founded in 1997, Nature’s One is the leader in the organic pediatric nutrition industry. Highly regarded for its Baby’s Only Organic® Formulas, Baby’s Only Essentials® Supplements, PediaSmart® Organic Complete Nutrition Beverages, and PediaVance® Organic Electrolyte Solution brands, Nature’s One has spent over 15 years dedicating its resources to the research, development, and production of high quality nutritional solutions for babies and children.
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