Antibiotics in Baby Food?

 

A recent study published in the Food Chemistry journal caught my eye and I wanted to let you all know about it. It seems that a group of researchers from the University of Almeria in Spain have come up with a new test that detects antimicrobial veterinarian pharmaceuticals in baby food. That’s right. They tested a few samples of baby food—twelve meat products and nine milk products—and found low amounts of antibiotic, antiparasitic, and antifungal drugs, especially in the poultry products.

The researchers stated, “The concentrations detected have been generally very low. On one hand, this suggests they are not worrying amounts, on the other hand, it shows the need to control these products to guarantee food safety.” The European Commission regulates amounts of pesticides and other substances in cereal-based, but not animal-based, baby foods. Hopefully studies like this one will help change that.

This week, consider switching to organic baby food for your little ones if you have not already. Infants are especially susceptible to the negative effects of toxins in their systems. The introduction of antimicrobial drugs, even in small amounts, will not help the microbial balance developing in their digestive tracts.

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