|Baby milk found to contain high levels of aluminum
Heavy concentrations of aluminum have been detected in baby milk in samples tested in the UK. The highest levels have been found in growing up milks produced by Cow & Gate as well as Aptamil.
Cow & Gate and Aptamil brands are known to mothers in Hong Kong.
Media reports in London said scientists have tested 30 brands of baby formula and found high levels of aluminum.
The Guardian reported that their findings ``are at odds with the Food Standards Agency,'' the UK safety agency. ``Its committee on toxicity recently looked at aluminum in formula milk and concluded there was no cause for concern.''
Professor Christopher Exley and colleagues from Keele University say the FSA experts relied on an arbitrary standard based on a limited number of animal studies, which he described as meaningless.
His team argues that aluminum in baby milk should be reduced to the lowest possible level.
In the study, published by BMC Paediatrics, they draw up a league table of formula milk by aluminum content. They found that two soya milk brands had the highest content, but SMA toddler milk and Hipp Organic first infant milk also had high levels. Among ready-to-drink types, SMA toddler milk had the lowest concentration, followed by Hipp Organic first infant milk, Aptamil hungry baby milk, SMA first infant milk and Aptamil first milk.
The growing up milks produced by Cow & Gate and Aptamil had the highest concentrations of aluminum. Aptamil toddler milk had almost three times as much aluminum as SMA toddler milk, the Guardian reports.
For powdered milks, Hipp Organic growing up milk had the lowest level, followed by Aptamil hungry, Aptamil first milk and Hipp Organic follow-on milk.