New guidelines intend to limit childrens’ exposure to harmful chemicals in food

The American Academy of Pediatrics is cautioning parents about harmful chemicals found in processed meats, other processed foods, and those that can be transferred from plastic containers.

A local pediatrician says that, because of their small size and developing organ systems, children are especially vulnerable to these chemicals.

“This is a big challenge for us in our modern society where these chemicals and additives are so ubiquitous. It requires some careful thought and planning on parents’ part,” said Dr. Charles Peters, a consultant pediatrician with Mayo Clinic Health System in Onalaska

Pediatricians recommend that children eat fresh fruits and vegetables instead of processed foods.