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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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‘High levels of toxic heavy metals’ found 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 percent 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 long term brain function.

The results from the study found “multiples

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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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