"Natural" Isn't Always Safe or Healthy
We see the term "natural" thrown around a lot lately. But what does it mean when "natural" isn't necessarily all there is to the story. For example a product may be called "natural" but come from waters that appear to be polluted.
HealthyLivinG Foundation (CTWG), acting on behalf of the state of California Attorney General's office, issued a Notice of Violation (NOV) for the following so-called "natural" products:
- Crown Prince Natural from Managed Fisheries Naturally Smoked Oysters (hand packed in pure olive oil) contained 38x the safety limit for lead exposure and almost 9x for cadmium.
- Crown Prince Natural Wild Caught Smoked Baby Clams (hand packed in pure olive oil) were 22x the safety limit.
- Crown Prince Natural from Managed Fisheries Naturally Smoked Oysters with Red Chili Peppers Mildly Spiced (hand packed in pure olive oil) were only 22x the lead safety limit and exceed cadmium by almost 10x.
Lead is toxic to the fetus; at exceptionally high concentrations in a food product the exposure can raise fetal blood lead levels by 1% or more, a level so high it is a marker for permanent neurological damage. The fetus absorbs almost 100% of the lead in a meal.