Powdered Cow���s Milk Formula Contains Thyroid Toxin
Researchers from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have reported that 15 brands of powdered infant formula are contaminated with perchlorate, a rocket fuel component detected in drinking water in 28 states and territories.
The two most contaminated brands, made from cow���s milk, accounted for 87 percent of the U.S. powdered formula market in 2000, the scientists said.
The CDC scientists did not identify the formula brands they tested.
The little-noticed CDC findings, published in the March 2009 edition of the Journal of Exposure Science and Environmental Epidemiology, raise new concerns about perchlorate pollution, a legacy of Cold War rocket and missile tests. Studies have established that the chemical is a potent thyroid toxin that may interfere with fetal and infant brain development (Kirk 2006).
The CDC team warned that
mixing perchlorate-tainted formula powder with tap water containing ���even minimal amounts��� of the chemical could boost the resulting mixture���s toxin content above the level the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) considers safe. Many scientists contend that the EPA ���safe��� level is too high to protect public health.
To finish reading about this issue and to view a list of suggested actions, please visit the Environmental Working Group's website at http://www.ewg.org/report/CDC-Scientists-Find-Rocket-Fuel-Chemical-In-Infant-Formula
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