Why Is Pesticide Used As An Ingredient In Infant Formula?

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by Sayer Ji – Greenmedinfo.com

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.

Clearly we have a problem here. Cupric sulfate is used in most mass market infant formulas. Even Similac’s “sensitive” formula contains the ingredient:


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.”

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.

147 Comments on Why Is Pesticide Used As An Ingredient In Infant Formula?

  1. I would say it all boils down to one thing – that the human race on the Earth is being prepared, slowly but surely, in a scientific method being applied to the human race to mutate the human race, to change us from being what we are today to a creature that the Entities have in mind, mutating again….

  2. Linda Parsons Prescaro Hoiseth I can assure you there are hundreads of women who choose not to breastfeed … even though they can … I know its a matter of choice but I still will never understand these women !

  3. probably getting the baby used to being poisoned so it will have more yrs to do it…….?????? I do believe that someone is trying to kill us…. I think its the chemical companies in cahoots with monsanto and the government got some bad people into it….they get more money when they start on babies…hell they really don’t care…. all of us that are in good health and following our good diets are in jeopardy as monsanto keeps trying to take more and more plants and foods into their control.

  4. But there’s so many people that say there’s nothing you can do about it. I actually got tag teamed at work about a debate , my boss and another boss said a person who eats unhealthy and sits around all day living an unhealthy lifestyle is just as healthy as a person who eats healthy and exercises. What do you think? I think that if I eat healthy and have a healthy lifestyle along with exercising I’m probably healthier then the overweight person sitting in front of the tv all day eating mc Donald’s. Maybe that’s just my opinion. Or maybe I have idiots bossing me around. Lol.

  5. Infant formula is just the beginning of all the horrible chemicals babies today face in their first year.. Then vaccinations .. Is it any wonder they get sick..?.. The only formula I recommend is homemade by WAPF or Holle isn’t too bad

  6. Please read what is in all your childrens food, in fact all food..things that had been taken off the market have sneaked back into our good…msg..gmos get mad and lets get this changed. Only we can stop this..

    • I believe Betsy is right population control and the other comment ,they cant make money off you they way they like if you are healthy -there is an enemy on this earth his time is nearly done ,you will see lots of bizare evil going on in these end times, take joy in knowing they will pay for thier wrongs and the enemy will spend eternity in hell where it belongs ,for all suffering we have to witness in this world,it could Never hurt to ask God to bless your food and water take sickness and disease out of the food and water , these are crimes against humanity and its getting out of control,even the air is now considered carcinogenic

    • few brands have chemicals in them ,usually more popular named brands ,I think Id rather buy a no name brand now ,rather then something like nestle for example,not thatthey make formula im unsure about that (just for example) ,I breast feed my kids they are older now so we try to buy as much organic that we can afford ,thats best!

  7. I think that this should be made more well known. I have also been hearing that people are using 800 #’s and calling companies to ask why or if they use chemicals, etc. It does carry value to do that, because the companies want to hear what the general Public thinks and wants. If we don’t make ourselves known as the General public, then the general public has no voice….we the GP MUST have our needs ad wants made known, but WE seem to have lost some of that confidence in what WE tHe GP can do.

  8. Not every woman Is able to breastfeed. Although it is the best thing, some women just cant. I was able to, and I can’t imagine the sadness for those who wished they could have. There has got to be other options for these babies… Back to “wet nurses?”

  9. I agree whole heartedly with anthony. Why would i put chemicals in my baby when i make the most perfect food for her and its free! I will never give my baby girl formula. She just turned 8 months and is healthy as a horse!

  10. Why arent mothers breastfeeding…This shit should only be used in the rare case that you can’t produce any milk…>I mean our species and all other mammals have only breastfed since the begining of our times

  11. It is not displayed as a “nutritious ingredient”, it’s displayed because all ingredients have to be displayed. It combats fungi, and bacteria such as E. coli. Do you use Bordeaux mix in your garden? Then you are using copper sulfate mixed with lime. It’s been around for hundreds of years.

  12. There are also many other ingredients in baby formula that are poison. Industry is intentionally poisoning everyone is many ways. They are being paid to do so from the top and the bottom.

  13. The first ingredient is Corn Syrup Solids and the second ingredient is Sugar (Sucralose). Why would you give your infant SUGAR!!??!! Formulas cannot possibly be good for a baby. I breastfed my children and when I couldn’t do that, they were given raw goat milk. REAL FOOD is better!

  14. Some organic farmers in india have been having amazing yields bug free and chemical free using cow urine and neem tree oil this my be the future of organic gardening , bit late for the 250 000 farmers in India that committed suicide because of Monsanto.

  15. Whoa! So glad the formula usage here was very very short in duration. Even if you aren’t nursing now, many folks just don’t know that breastfeeding after drying up is possible. It’s called Relactation. Lots of info if you google. And not to be a vegan harpie.. but humans shouldn’t be drinking cow’s milk. It’s made for baby cows, who grow to 2000 lbs in their first year of life. Humans are closely related to bonobos, drinking their breast milk makes better sense. <3

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