Thursday, April 21, 2011

'Alarming' levels of arsenic and toxic metals found in baby food

The following article is taken from TODAYonline from here.

LONDON - Baby foods used to wean infants off milk have been found to contain "alarming" levels of toxic contaminants including arsenic, lead and cadmium, in tests conducted in Sweden.

The products tested by researchers were made by major baby food manufacturers including Organix, Hipp, Nestle and Holle.

Researchers found feeding infants twice a day on the shop-bought baby foods such as rice porridge can increase their exposure to arsenic by up to fifty times when compared to breast feeding alone.

Exposure to other toxic metals such as cadmium, which is known to cause neurological and kidney damage, increased by up to 150 times in some of the foods tested, while lead increased by up to eight times.

Although none of the levels of the toxic elements found in the foods exceeded official safety limits, scientists believe they are still of concern if fed to very young children and have demanded new guidelines to restrict their presence in food.

Young infants are thought to be particularly vulnerable to these substances because they are going through rapid development.

Writing in the journal of Food Chemistry, the scientists from the Unit of Metals and Health at Karolinska Institutet in Stockholm said: "Alarmingly, these complementary foods may also introduce high amounts of toxic elements such as arsenic, cadmium, lead and uranium, mainly from their raw materials.

"These elements have to be kept at an absolute minimum in food products intended for infant consumption. In infant foods, the high concentrations of arsenic in the rice-based foods are of particular concern."

Experts now believe there are no safe limits for arsenic and manufacturers should be making more efforts to remove it from their food.

Professor Andrew Meharg, a biogeochemist at Aberdeen University who has studied the presence of arsenic in rice, said the latest research highlighted the urgent need for new restrictions on arsenic and other toxic elements in food. THE DAILY TELEGRAPH

Friday, April 15, 2011

What Women Want Fair (Singapore Expo)

Start: 15 Apr 2011
End: 17 Apr 2011
Venue: Singapore Expo Hall 5B
Cost: Public - Free admission

Time: 10am to 9pm
Organiser: Hemus Pacific Pte Ltd
Contact Details:
Tel: +65 9690 1623/ 9008 4234/ 9369 9618/ 6270 3498
Fax : 6634 1376/ 6270 2686
Email :

What Women Want fair aims to provide women from all walks a wide range of products and services under one roof! It is a consumer exhibition showcasing the wish lists of the modern women from latest beauty & health care products/services, high tech gadgets, household equipment to fashion.There will be performances, free talks, games and freebies giveaway. A free admission event caters to all women, whether they are teenagers, working women or homemakers. Mark the dates in your calendar as no woman will want to miss this event!

Travel Carnival 2011 (Singapore Expo)

Start: 16 Apr 2011
End: 17 Apr 2011
Venue: Singapore Expo, Hall 4B
Cost: Adult: $2.00 Children below 12 yrs - Free

Time: 9.30am to 9.30pm
Organiser: IBT Investment Pte Ltd
Contact Details:
Telephone: +65 6298 8425
Fax: +65 6298 8421
Travel Carnival 2011

Friday, April 1, 2011

Transform Your Parenting Paradigm

Transform Your Parenting Paradigm

Admission:Admission by Registration - S$69
Venue:Expo Conference Halls A-F

Time: 1.45pm to 5pm

Organiser: Congress360 LLP

Contact Details:
Telephone: +65 92779916

Prof Zhou Hong is no stranger to many parents – the author of National Best Seller “Appreciating Your Child”. Millions of copies were sold, 7 pirated copies circulating in the market, major contributor to “I m Not Stupid II” movie, thousands of media including BBC had reported his miracles in parenting.

This seminar will help parents to transform their parenting paradigm. Many children and families’ destiny have been transformed after practicing his philosophy at home and schools. The results have been extraordinary.

John Little Mega Expo Sales

John Little Mega Expo Sales

Date : 31 Mar 2011 - 10 Apr 2011
Venue: Expo Hall 4
Time: 10.30am to 10pm

Organiser: John Little Pte Ltd

Contact Details:
Telephone: +65 6212 9200

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