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Some Baby Foods Contain Toxic Metals, Study Reveals

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Baby food products in the baby food aisle in City Target. (AP Photo/Nick Ut)

A grim study published by the Congressional Subcommittee on Economic and Consumer Policy found “dangerous levels” of toxic heavy metals in baby foods.

The “inorganic arsenic, lead, cadmium and mercury” could potentially “endanger infant neurological development and long-term brain function,” Fox News 5 reported.

The companies studied by the Subcommittee were Gerber, Nurture Inc, Hain Celestial Group Inc, and Beech-Nut Nutrition. At least three other companies refused to let their products be studied.

“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,” Democratic Chairman Rep. Raja Krishnamoorthi said in a

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Some baby foods contain toxic metals, U.S. reports

Ingredients in many baby foods, including some organic fare, are contaminated with heavy metals like arsenic, lead and cadmium at levels that are far higher than those allowed in products like bottled water, congressional investigators said Thursday.

Their report underscored the federal government’s persistently lax approach to overseeing the safety of baby food, some experts said, despite clear risks to infants and toddlers. Exposure to heavy metals in particular has been linked to behavioral impairments, brain damage and even death.

“This is an endemic problem that’s been swept under the rug and never addressed,” said Tracey Woodruff, director of the program on reproductive health and the environment at the University of California, San Francisco, who was not involved in the preparation of the congressional report.

“It speaks to the many areas that we need government to be active in,” she added. “Consumers can’t figure it out on their own.”

The

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Beech-Nut, other baby foods contain heavy metals, according to report

FLORIDA — A storied upstate company has found itself in the middle of an emerging controversy about heavy metals such as arsenic, lead, cadmium and mercury in baby foods.

Congressional investigators on Thursday issued a report about what they said were “significant levels” of the heavy metals in common baby foods including those from Beech-Nut which is based in Florida, Montgomery County. It was among the basketful of leading food makers that were found to contain the heavy metals.

A U.S. House of Representatives subcommittee had sought internal data from seven baby food companies in 2019 after a non-profit group, Healthy Babies Bright Futures, issue results of their own tests.


Four of the companies: Gerber, Beech-Nut, Earth’s Hail Celestial which makes Earth’s Best Organics; and Nurture, which makes Happy Family Organics, shared documents with the subcommittee, according to the Associated Press.

They said Walmart, Sprout Foods and Campbell Soup Co.,

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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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