You probably heard this bit of information in the news last week, but just in case you're like me and hadn't heard, many children's and women's vitamins have been found to contain lead. LEAD! You know, the stuff we are all freaking out about being in toys, jewelry, imported candies, etc?
The FDA completed a study which tested a variety of vitamins for elevated levels of lead. You can look at their complete list of brands tested at the FDA website. Now, I'm no scientist, but it sounds to me like the FDA is saying that the amounts of lead are very small and that it is within a safe amount. However, everything I've ever read about lead was that there is NO safe amount, and we must limit exposure wherever possible.
Even the CDC wrote this on their own website regarding lead exposure in children:
"Lead poisoning is entirely preventable. The key is stopping children from coming into contact with lead and treating children who have been poisoned by lead. The goal is to prevent lead exposure to children before they are harmed. There are many ways parents can reduce a child's exposure to lead. The key is stopping children from coming into contact with lead. Lead hazards in a child's environment must be identified and controlled or removed safely."
As you know, lead is a very dangerous toxin and can be stored up in the body. If you give vitamins to your children or are pregnant or lactating, I think it is especially important to look at the FDA study and decide how much lead you feel good about swallowing.