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(WAND) – Levels of arsenic, lead, and other toxic metals that can harm brain development were found in many popular baby foods, including organic brands. That is according to a congressional investigation. 

A U.S. House Subcommittee said in a report released Thursday it requested internal data from seven companies, including Walmart, in 2019 after a nonprofit called Healthy Babies Bright Futures published results of testing it did on baby foods.

Four of the companies, Beech-Nut, Gerber, Earth’s Best Organics maker Hain Celestial and Happy Family Organics maker Nurture Inc., shared documents. The subcommittee said Walmart, Sprout Foods and Campbell Soup Co., which makes Plum Organics baby food, did not cooperate with the investigation.

Lead, arsenic, mercury, and cadmium are all metals the U.S. Food and Drug Administration considers harmful to human health. 

Those toxins can stay in the environment for decades from past herbicide and pesticide use. 

Officials said toxic

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Congressional report finds ‘high levels of toxic heavy metals’ in tested baby foods

(NEXSTAR) – A host of top baby foods are contaminated with heavy metals, a new congressional report found.

The House Committee on Oversight and Reform conducted the study, finding “high levels of toxic heavy metals” in certain baby foods, including arsenic, lead, cadmium and mercury.

The report references a 2019 study that found 95% of baby foods tested contain toxic chemicals, including lead and arsenic.

Four companies, including Nurture, Beech-Nut, Hain and Gerber, responded to the committee’s request for information. Walmart, Campbell and Sprout Organic Foods refused to cooperate.

Exposure to heavy metals can cause “permanent decreases in IQ, diminished future economic productivity and increased risk of future criminal and antisocial behavior in children,” according to the report. Toxic heavy metals also endanger infant neurological development and

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Congressional report finds toxic heavy metals in some baby food

U.S. congressional investigators found that some baby foods contained dangerous levels of heavy metals that could “endanger infant neurological development and long-term brain function,” according to a report released Thursday by the Subcommittee on Economic and Consumer Policy.

Led by Democratic Chairman Rep. Raja Krishnamoorthi, the committee’s investigation found that top baby foods carried dangerous levels of inorganic arsenic, lead, cadmium and mercury.

“Baby food manufacturers hold a special position of public trust. But consumers mistakenly believe that these companies would not sell unsafe products. The Subcommittee’s staff report found that these manufacturers knowingly sell baby food containing high levels of toxic heavy metals,” Krishnamoorthi wrote in a statement.

The panel

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Toxic Heavy Metals Found in Some Baby Food, Congressional Report Says

A congressional investigation found high levels of toxic metals in several top baby food brands and called on federal regulators to set stricter standards on the food manufacturers.

Gerber, Beech-Nut,

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store brand and several organic lines of baby foods contained “dangerously high levels” of arsenic, lead, cadmium and mercury, according to a report by the House Subcommittee on Economic and Consumer Policy issued Thursday. Consumer advocacy groups have reached similar conclusions in recent years.

These heavy metals naturally occur in soil and water. Baby food makers say that their products contain these metals at levels that are safe and that they are already working at reducing their presence by looking for new suppliers and cultivation methods.

The Democratic majority of the subcommittee says the Food and Drug Administration, which regulates food safety, should mandate maximum levels of these metals for baby food. Exposure to heavy metals

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