Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Why Is Pesticide Used As An Ingredient In Infant Formula?

Sayer Ji, Contributing Writer
Activist Post

Why is cupric sulfate -- a known herbicide, fungicide and pesticide -- being used in infant formula? And why is it displayed proudly on product labels as a presumably nutritious ingredient?

Used to kill fungus, aquatic  plants and roots of plants, parasitic infections in aquarium fish and snails, as well as algae and bacteria such as Escherichia coli, cupric sulfate hardly sounds fit for human consumption, much less for infants.

Indeed, infants are all too often looked at as “miniature adults” from the perspective of toxicological risk assessments, rather than what they are: disproportionately (if not exponentially) more susceptible to the adverse effects of environmental exposures. Instead of reducing or altogether eliminating avoidable infant chemical exposures (the precautionary principle), the chemical industry-friendly focus is always on determining “an acceptable level of harm” – as if there were such at thing!


It boggles the imagination how cupric sulfate ended up in infant formula, as well as scores of other consumer health products, such as Centrum and One-A-Day vitamins.

After all, it is classified, according to the Dangerous Substance Directive (one of the main European Union laws concerning chemical safety), as “Harmful (Xn), Irritant (Xi) and Dangerous for the environment (N).”

Moreover, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) requires that the warning signal “DANGER” appear on the labels of all copper sulfate end-products containing 99% active ingredient in crystalline form.

The Material Safety Data Sheet for Cupric Sulfate clearly states, in ‘Section 3: Hazards Identification,” that it has the following adverse health effects:
Potential Acute Health Effects: Hazardous in case of skin contact (irritant), of eye contact (irritant), of ingestion, of inhalation.

Potential Chronic Health Effects: CARCINOGENIC EFFECTS: Not available. MUTAGENIC EFFECTS: Mutagenic for mammalian somatic cells. TERATROGENIC EFFECTS: Not available. DEVELOPMENT TOXICITY: Not available. The substance may be toxic to kidneys, liver. Repeated or prolonged exposure to the substance can produce target organs damage.
In ‘Section 7: Handling and Storage” the following precautions must be taken:
Do not ingest. Do not breathe dust. Wear suitable protective clothing. In case of insufficient ventilation, wear suitable respiratory equipment. If ingested, seek medical advice immediately and show t he container or the label. Avoid contact with skin and eyes. Keep away from incompatibles such as metals, alkalis.
Cleary we have a problem here.  Cupric sulfate is used in most mass market infant formulas. Even Similac’s “sensitive” formula contains the ingredient:


Could this be one reason why infant formula has been linked to over 50 adverse health effects, both short and long term, in infants given it in place of breast milk?  The common explanation/claim is that infant formula isn’t intrinsically harmful, rather, breast milk and breastfeeding is just healthier.  I believe this perspective in untenable, given the problems with cupric sulfate, and dozens of other questionable ingredients being used in these products, such as petroleum-derived and chirally inverted dl-alpha tocopherol (synthetic vitamin E), zinc sulfate, sodium selenate, manganese sulfate, etc.

For additional research on the inherent problems associated with the use of chemicals in infant formula, take a look at our evaluation of another Similac product here: http://www.greenmedinfo.com/vitamin/similac-advance-early-shield-infant-formula-iron

Or, take a look at the “Organic” infant formula by Earth’s Best:, which is surprisingly not that much better http://www.greenmedinfo.com/vitamin/organic-infant-formula-dha-ara

Additional Research
Cupric Sulfate – Pesticide Information Profile
Cupric Sulfate – Toxicology Research on GreenMedInfo.com
Blog: Infant Formula For Disaster
Blog: Is Your Multivitamin Toxic? 

Please visit GreenMedInfo to access their vast database of articles and the latest information in natural health.


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30 comments:

world-peace-society said...

You people are a little to naive - I must say. You want to eat cheap food? That is how it is produced.

Nevertheless - try farming by yourself, instead of fretting around. It is hard work - we know it. It is harder than office work and lousy paid, so nobody of you is going to do it.

You want real, healthy food? Pay the price and don't ask others to be your slave and work for nothing.

Some people here in the US hate the Mexicans, I can tell you they bring the food to your tables.

So shut up - or go back to the farm.

Anonymous said...

Just sad how they poison us and we still work and vote. Everyone needs to rethink everything they know and accept and we need to change the "SYSTEM". Dont you have children or grandchildren and would you do this to them? if not then start thinking and do what your heart tells you regardless of any rules or laws that say otherwise, you all need to be rebellious in these times.

Anonymous said...

THAT IS NOT CHEAP FOOD.It is non food, ingredients.Sorry science does not get a pass in this case.Making food unsafe, with some lame cheap excuse is not intelligent enough, not good enough for our children...Those other people,, you mentioned,working for lousy wages,,, well those buying your cheap excuse for foods, are working for the same wages......it is almost like it is your own guilt in some way, which seeks to manufacture consent, in your mind as this to be acceptable...putting this clearly harmful substance, in food, to how you say.."keep it cheap", in baby food, does not instantly make it harmlesss.You can,t have it both ways.....Used as a agricultural product, it is meant to be dissipitated, and then washed off, before sale, and consumption, mostly through weather, and rain...your not suppose to drink the stuff, this seems pretty clear.

Anonymous said...

Cheap? Has anyone noticed that some places keep this stuff in locked cabinets because of its high dollar value? I don't know what you people are paying, but in the NE we pay $45 for that container above.

Anonymous said...

Copper is an essencial himan nutrient. This article is hysterical nonsence. One of the laws of toxocology is that everything is piosonous and the dose determines the degree. This nitwit was railing against sodium selenite recently which is a powerful anticarcinogen.

Shaddack said...

Dose is the difference between a remedy and a poison. The role of the copper compound in the formula is providing an essential trace element for nutrition. (Yes, copper *IS* an essential nutrient, in doses of couple hundreds micrograms per day - it is in higher doses when it becomes toxic. Both too much and too little of it is problematic.)
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Copper_in_health

So, please, tune down the hysteria a little. There's enough trouble in the world without having to invent nonexistent ones.

ReddDogg2012 said...

Growing your own food is NOT hard to do NOR is it tedious or 'harder than office work'. I have done it for several years and it is the most relaxing part of my day. If you view it as hard work you should STOP doing it and 'drink the Kool-aid' handed you by 'the system' and it's 'scientists/chemists'.

Bottom line folks, growing your own food is easy AND enjoyable!

ReddDogg2012 said...

Hey!?! What the heck did people feed babies BEFORE this manufactured CRAP? THAT is what you should be feeding your babies!! The last thing this world needs is more fat kids at McDonalds.

Anonymous said...

Anyone looked at the Kosher products to see if they contain this poison? Satan's Chosen may protect their products while poisoning the rest.

Anonymous said...

Save the worry and just simply breastfeed.

Anonymous said...

I raised 4 healthy children on a formula I made from evaporated milk, corn syrup, and water. Some of the old things are still the best things.

Anonymous said...

how is evaopated milk, corn syrup and water healthy? Why didn't you just breastfeed?

MotherEarthBirthAK said...

Why not breastfeed? Mother's Milk is specifically designed for baby, contains important antibodies and immunities that keep baby healthy, and help to protect babies and mamas against a wide array of health problems, and its completely free. Formula, in particular Similac, is made by the Pharmaceutical company Abbot Labs.

Anonymous said...

I didnt breast feed either of my babies. The youngest though is unvaccinated they are both strapping healthy boys. My reason was I wanted a routine not a year of sleepless nights and clingy babies and both my boys being in the ten pound region would have starved whilst waiting for my milk to come in. I did mix feed my second son like the Greeks do Bottle for first couple of days then 1 feed a day from me. But he has had more viruses and trips to the doc than my first born who never got a whiff.I'm not anti-breastfeeding just hate having it rammed down my throat. Yes we all used to breast feed before formula milk but we also shat in the road before toilets. Its the individuals choice and at forty gone I've seen some pretty sickly pasty looking breastfed babies at baby clinic.

LastTruePatriot said...

Oh, why oh why would big pharma mega corporations want to slowly poison little innocent babies? Wake up....sheeple! Think about it.....so these same scumbag corporations can later provide the medicine "cures" at a price.

The other reason just might be a subtle form of population control. Less people in this nation will be a supposed good thing for the government, so they won't have to take care of them later.....as in welfare & social security. Look up the statements listed on the Georgia guidestones. The scary one is the one calling for a sustainable population of only 500,000 people.....on the entire planet! So, blather on about stupid conspiracy theories.....when reality is staring you right in your face.

Anonymous said...

YOU AMERICANS ARE BLOODY IDIOTS...
YOU LET THEM GET AWAY WITH THIS????
SERVES YOU RIGHT!

Anonymous said...

"YOU AMERICANS ARE BLOODY IDIOTS...
YOU LET THEM GET AWAY WITH THIS????
SERVES YOU RIGHT! "


As an American - I so agree with you. Unless you're from Australia, England, or Ireland who similarly has high formula feeding rates then you can't talk either.

Anonymous said...

Some of us can't breastfeed. I adopted a child before we knew anything about breastfeeding adopted babies and for my third I didn't make enough breastmilk no matter what I tried and I certainly didn't want to starve him. I hate articles that go for the scare factor and then offer no options.

baileysmommy14 said...

Wow, this is interesting. The thing that bothers me the most is the fact that despite people knowing about this no one will do anything about it. For the babies that are formula fed for whatever reason need as healthy milk as it can be. Those babies are at a disadvantage as it is not have breastmilk, that the milk they do drink needs to be better than this!!!! Regardless if those formula fed babies are healthy now, why would any parent continue to give their child this formula with pesticide in it? If you aren't going to eat it/drink it then why should your baby? (Yes, I've tried my own breastmilk)

I wish there were more options for non-breastfed babies. I think more parents need to get informed on donor breastmilk or how to re-lactate or something. The people who wrote this article should have figured out some alternatives that are healthy and beneficial to baby.

Anonymous said...

I think that since we are now facing epidemics of childhood obesity, diabetes and autism, Any defense of "my baby is fine so it must be ok" is invalid. Obviously babies are NOT fine and we as parents are allowing this to happen to them. Formula should be by prescription only (like it was originally). That way it could at least be regulated like the "drug" it is.

BFA said...

"I didnt breast feed either of my babies. The youngest though is unvaccinated they are both strapping healthy boys. My reason was I wanted a routine not a year of sleepless nights and clingy babies and both my boys being in the ten pound region would have starved whilst waiting for my milk to come in. I did mix feed my second son like the Greeks do Bottle for first couple of days then 1 feed a day from me. But he has had more viruses and trips to the doc than my first born who never got a whiff.I'm not anti-breastfeeding just hate having it rammed down my throat. Yes we all used to breast feed before formula milk but we also shat in the road before toilets. Its the individuals choice and at forty gone I've seen some pretty sickly pasty looking breastfed babies at baby clinic. "

Bloody hell, can we fill our "Breastfeedign Bingo" Breastfeeding Myth cards in one post? Yes We Can.

1) Routines are possible with babies who accept routines - irrespective of how they're fed.

2) Formula feeding his been scientifically proven not to improve sleep and in fact the opposite is true. BFing mums get more, and a better qualoity of sleep due to sleepy hormones produced overnight when BFing.

3) BFing does not produce clingy babies. What an offensive idea and quite bizarre. Does this comes from the idea that only one person feeds the baby, ergo the baby becomes clingy? What about formula feeding single mothers with no help if that was the case? Utter daftness - no logic at all.

4) Babies well over 10 Lbs are perfectly able to be breastfed (look at a 6 months old FFS). Babies are born with a special fat called "brown fat" which means they are able to survive for a Very Long Time without "starving" while mature milk comes through. Before this there is milk! It's called colostrum and it's a highly concentrated milk packed with antibodies which pass into the baby's body through his "open" gut, then the gut is sealed by the mature milk. Formula fed babies do not get these antibodies and the formula strips off any protective coating given by the breastmilk if any is given which allows bacteria, viruses and allergens through to the body. This makes the formula fed baby more prone to gastroenteritis and allergies. At around 6 months the gut matures and closes, and that's why allergenic foods are then safer.

Colostrum is only needed in tiny amounts because no matter how big a baby his tummy is the size of a marble. Feeding formula at this stage stretches his stomach unnaturally which can sometimes never recover, making him more prone to overeating and obesity. Babies are DESIGNED to have a VERY small volume of VERY concentrated colostrum at birth. Overiding that is a serious risk. Starving, my foot.

5) "Shat in the road before formula"? Blimey. And 1.5 million babies die each year from inappropriate formula feeding (including in developed countries). Formula is a wonderful product which has saved many lives, but it should be the milk of last resort, to ensure the survival of an infant with NO access to his mother's milk or donor breastmilk.

Personally, I want to feed my chldren milk made for slow-growing, clever humans, not fast-growing, stupid cows.

Anonymous said...

Copper Sulfate is used by farmers to kill off pathogens, bacteria etc. in livestock water supplies (ponds). Trace amounts are safe and not a toxic danger as implied.

Be more concerned about GMO corn syrup, soy, etc being added to an infant formula. Also, protein isolates are manufactured with MSG and are not included in labeling since it is 3rd party.

Anonymous said...

WoW, thanks for the post and all reviews. I'm a 31 y/o man just had my 1st child who's 3 1/2 months now. i live in AZ 2 cities away from where the abott plant is and never would have thunk. My Woman can't breastfeed now due to major back issues(taking pain meds). Our son spits up alot so this is what they recommended.
He's offwithing him this BS ASAP. And dont blame post!! If we"ve found this we'll find healhty natural way other than breastfeeding.

Happy Trails.....

Israel Maloney said...

Can't grow baby formula!

Anonymous said...

It's not that easy to say just breast feed! Those of us that have adopted don't always have that choice. However, I am curious just how much cupric sulfate is in my son's formula

Carassia said...

First choice: Breastfeeding, mother's milk.
Second choice: Donor's human milk
Third choice: Formula.

If you are adversary to the thought of giving your baby a stranger's milk.. hey, you yourself probably drink milk from a female of a different SPECIES!

Think about it.

Anonymous said...

Sometimes moms don't make enough milk to sustain their children. I have to supplement with formula because my daughter loses weight when I try to breastfeed exclusively. Adoptive parents, single fathers, and others don't have the option to breastfeed.

Angelina Thelin said...

there are foods that will help your milk come in and come in strong also if you avoid the crap non foods you have better milk. Fenugreek, milk thistle, a good herbal calcium helps lots of pure water, loads of fresh vegetables and fruits are but a few things to do for great milk production and helping milk to come in. keep in mind that the body adjusts milk production to meet the needs of the child and if you go to a doctor and they tell you your child is under weight guess what they are comparing you to a formula fed babie and there is no comparison dont buy into the nonsence and breast feed your precious babe why trust a company that is only after your dollar not the health of your child they are after all subsidiaries of phamaceutical companies .

Anonymous said...

did you know you can start milk production for adopted babies you can there is a whole protocol for doing it , I have read about many women getting their bodies to start milk production and being able to care for their babies. my daughter felt her milk was sluffing off and started eating fenugreek seeds and her milk is back stronger filling the needs of her baby she also changed her diet to healthier foods there is always a way. as far as fathers has anyone heard of a breast pump and freezing your milk ?? and warming it up for the baby
seriously there is a way

chae poore said...

Like others have said not everyone can breastfeed... like me ... no matter how hard I try I don't produce enough....still there should be harmful chemicals in our children's food

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