NEWS: Chemicals As "Nutrients" In "USDA Organic" Infant Formula

Community Leader
Registered: 10-01-2010
NEWS: Chemicals As "Nutrients" In "USDA Organic" Infant Formula
Thu, 03-08-2012 - 2:54pm

So, what exactly is being put into the infant formulas millions believe is the closest facsimile to human breast milk available?

We will take a more forgiving approach, and avoid the more obviously lower quality mass market infant formula brands, which use genetically modified products and high fructose corn syrup, to name but a few obvious red flags. Instead, let's look to a so-called "organic" product, like Earth's Best Organic Infant Formula, as the assumption here is that it is "Earthy," "Organic," and as the label proudly displays: "Produced Without the Use of Potentially Harmful Pesticides." Did you get that, by the way? "Potentially Harmful Pesticides," because you know that some pesticides are not actually harmful to infants, right? This strange qualification will take on a clearer, far more chilling meaning in just a moment...

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iVillage Member
Registered: 04-13-2008

Interesting. I think we know enough about human biology to know that certain forms of essential elements are able to be used by the body, and other forms are either useless, or not as easily used by the body. eg the ferrous sulfte. Iron is necessary. But in this form, it is not well absorbed, so very large amounts must be added in order for the baby to absorb enough of it. This ends up having effects of constipation and so on for the baby.

Copper sulfate is a well known poison. So while we need copper, this is not the best form to be ingesting it.

On it goes.

Ideally, research into better formulas would try and more closely mimic the chemicals forms of some of the ingredients in breastmilk. It would be a very expensive process, even if it was possible. Do formula companies feel the need to make these improvements when they already seel quite well as it is? And meet the legal requirements for sale.


Community Leader
Registered: 10-01-2010

Earth's Best Organic Infant Formula ingredients:

  • Calcium Chloride -- A salt of inorganic calcium and chlorine. Classified as an "Irritant" by the Dangerous Substance Directive (one of the main European Union laws concerning chemical safety), also known as the EU Index. [Material Data Safety Sheet]
  • Calcium Hydroxide -- also known as "slaked lime," is classified as "Corrosive" and an "Irritant" by the EU Index, and is used in water and sewage treatment as a "flocculant," or clarifying agent. [Material Data Safety Sheet]
  • Cupric Sulfate -- classified as "Harmful," "Irritant" and "Dangerous to the Environment" by the EU Index. It is used as an herbicide, fungicide and pesticide. [Material Data Safety Sheet]
  • Ferrous Sulfate: produced as a byproduct of steel production: "In the finishing of steel prior to plating or coating, the steel sheet or rod is passed through pickling baths of sulfuric acid. This treatment produces large quantities of iron(II) sulfate as a by-product." 1 It is classified by the EU Index as "Harmful" and an "Irritant." [Material Safety Data Sheet]
  • Manganese Sulfate: Classified by the EU Index as "Harmful" and "Dangerous for the environment." [Material Data Safety Sheet]
  • Potassium Bicarbonate: Known to have potentially toxic effects on plants, but generally accepted as safe (GRAS) for human consumption, as determined by the FDA.
  • Potassium Chloride: Mostly used to produce fertilizer. It is used in medicine, lethal injections, food processing and as a salt-free substitute for table salt. It has the potential to cause gastrointestinal discomfort, including ulceration when take in supplemental form.
  • Potassium Hydroxide: Commonly known as "caustic potash," and is a strong base, corrosive in nature. It is classified by the EU Index as "Corrosive" and "Harmful." [Material Safety Data Sheet].

If we skip forward to Sodium Selenite, we find it is: "Very toxic" and "Dangerous for the environment," according to the EU Index.