Consumer Reports Reveals STARTLING Findings, And The Danger Could Be In Your Child's Lunchbox

By Maria Angelino | Saturday, 13 April 2024 09:20 PM
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A recent study conducted by Consumer Reports has raised concerns over the presence of lead in popular children's food product, Lunchables.

The study tested 12 variants of the pre-packaged meals and found that five of them contained lead levels exceeding 50% of the legal limit set by California.

Lunchables, a convenient lunch option for parents, typically includes deli meat, cheese, and crackers. However, the recent findings may prompt parents to rethink their choice. Amy Keating, a dietitian at Consumer Reports, expressed her concerns, stating, “There’s a lot to be concerned about in these kits.” She further added, “They’re highly processed, and regularly eating processed meat, a main ingredient in many of these products, has been linked to increased risk of some cancers.”

According to The Hill, Consumer Reports, a consumer advocacy group, warned that Lunchables, produced by Kraft Heinz, not only contain high levels of lead but also sodium. The group's testing of Lunchables and similar lunch and snack kits revealed "relatively high levels of lead and cadmium". Cadmium, a chemical element, is associated with adverse effects on the kidney, skeletal, and respiratory systems and is classified as a human carcinogen by the World Health Organization.


The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has stated that there is no safe level of lead for children. Consumer Reports also highlighted that the sodium levels in these kits ranged from 460 to 740 milligrams per serving, which is nearly a quarter to half of a child’s daily recommended limit for sodium.