Scientists have defied governmental experts by giving a warning that formula milk exposes babes to high aluminum levels, which could are detrimental to their health. The aluminum content of thirty formula milk brands were investigated by Professor Christopher Exley and results indicated that the levels were too high. A similar investigative study was conducted in 2010 incorporating 15 brands. Researchers have said in the interim that nothing has been done by manufacturers to lower the chemical amounts exposed to babies. Additionally, they have claimed that aluminum is associated with Alzheimer’s disease and cancer.
Exley said that the government’s attitude was preventing any law or legislation from being passed in relation to aluminum exposure and health. This attitude has contributed to complacency in the food industry. In this case, the manufacturers of infant formula have not done anything concerning the probable time bomb, which is aluminum exposure. Exley and his team argue that the levels of aluminum in baby formula should be lowered. In the research study that BMC Pediatrics published, a league table listing formula milk based on their aluminum content is drawn. The highest content of aluminum was found in two soya milk brands. High levels were also recorded in Hipp Organic first infant ad SMA toddler milk. Hipp Organic milk had the least aluminum content for the powdered milk category.
Aluminum was also detected in breast milk and tap water, although their content was significantly lower. SMA spokesman assured parents all the infant formula manufactured by the company was safe. Aluminum naturally occurs in nature, and is present in many vegetables, fruits, beverages, packaged foods and water. Every precaution is taken to make sure that the aluminum level present in the products is extremely low.