The same study determined 80 percent of baby formula contains the deadly poison as well. The group looked at top-selling formulas and baby food using Nielson data, and also included emerging national brands.
The study was conducted by Clean Label Project.
All of those chemicals pose potential dangers to developing infants. Additionally, 60 percent of the product that claimed to be BPA free actually tested positive for BPA.
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Popular brands like Healthy Times, Organix, Gerber, Earth's Best and Parent's Choice made the list of the five worst offenders.
According to the Clean Label Project, 36 percent of the items it examined tested positive for lead, 58 percent tested positive for cadmium, and 10 percent tested positive for acrylamides, a potentially toxic chemical compound.
"It is important for consumers to understand that some contaminants, such as heavy metals like lead or arsenic, are in the environment and can not simply be removed from food", Peter Cassell, a FDA spokesperson, told USA Today.
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"It is important for consumers to understand that some contaminants, such as heavy metals like lead or arsenic, are in the environment and can not simply be removed from food", Peter Cassell, a FDA spokesperson. Clean Label also found cadmium, a metal found in batteries, in over half of the samples tested.
The non-profit organization is called #Clean Label Project and advocates for product labeling transparency.
Low levels of lead have been linked to lower IQs, slower growth, hearing issues, anemia, and behavioral problems, according to the Environmental Protection Agency. Bowen said that she is expecting parents to become good counsellor in taking care of children's health and refine the baby's food business.
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