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Chemicals in children’s food

The presence of toxic substances and chemical residues in food is a concern for children. The International Baby Food Action Network (IBFAN) launched a statement for parents, carers and health professionals with information, based on up-to-date evidence of peer-reviewed scientific research.

Children are particularly vulnerable to the effects of exposure to chemicals because they are at the most sensitive stages of human development.

Parents, carers and health professionals are rightly worried about the problems in infant and young child feeding in a contaminated world.

HEAL welcomes IBFAN’s new 2013 Statement on Infant and Young Child Feeding and Chemical Residues which provides objective and independent information on the risks and dangers of this form of environmental pollution.

IBFAN’ highlights some key messages including the importance of breast feeding which brings many irreplaceable positive health effects for mother and child, economic advantages for families, communities, societies and health systems, and advantages for the environment.

Except in cases of industrial disasters and of exceedingly high levels of dangerous residues after industrial disasters, IBFAN fully supports the recommendation to protect, promote and support breastfeeding, even when there is evidence of the presence of chemical residues in breast milk as the benefits of breastfeeding far outweigh any possible harm.

In the statement, IBFAN urgently calls upon decision makers in industry and politics to adopt environmentally-friendly initiatives in production and waste-disposal, to promote awareness of ecological dangers, and to create the appropriate legal framework to prevent the harmful contamination of our environment and to protect the health of our children, both present and future generations.

Read the full statement here

Originally posted on 7 June 2013

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