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New report says arsenic, other metals consistently contaminate baby foods

A new congressional report has revealed highly dangerous levels of arsenic and other poisons in baby food. It also reveals that Walmart, Campbell Foods, and Sprout Organic Foods refused to cooperate with the subcommittee’s investigation.

“Nurture, Beech-Nut, Hain and Gerber cooperated with the subcommittee’s investigation, despite the fact that doing so exposed their reckless disregard for the health of babies,” says the 59-page report released yesterday by the U.S. House of Representatives. 

“With that in mind, the subcommittee questions why Walmart (Parent’s Choice), Sprout Organic Foods, and Campbell (Plum Organics) would refuse to comply with the investigation. None of them produced testing results or specific testing standards and Sprout never even responded to the Subcommittee’s repeated inquiries. 

“The subcommittee is greatly concerned that these companies might be obscuring the presence of even higher levels of toxic heavy metals in their baby food products than their competitors’ products.”

The report, requested

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High levels of heavy metals found during test of some baby foods

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WASHINGTON D.C. (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

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Heavy metals were found in some baby food. Here’s what you need to know



a close up of a person holding a bottle: One-year-old Rachel Ho is fed Gerber baby food in Palo Alto, Calif., on Thursday, April 12, 2007. The House Subcommittee on Economic and Consumer Policy has called on the Food and Drug Administration to act as brands like Gerber, Beech-Nut, Walmart Inc.’s store brand and some other organic baby food brands had “dangerously high levels” of arsenic, lead, cadmium and mercury in their foods.


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One-year-old Rachel Ho is fed Gerber baby food in Palo Alto, Calif., on Thursday, April 12, 2007. The House Subcommittee on Economic and Consumer Policy has called on the Food and Drug Administration to act as brands like Gerber, Beech-Nut, Walmart Inc.’s store brand and some other organic baby food brands had “dangerously high levels” of arsenic, lead, cadmium and mercury in their foods.

The House Subcommittee on Economic and Consumer Policy has issued a new report on Thursday that identified high levels of toxic metals in top baby food brands, The Wall Street Journal reports.

  • The committee has called on the Food and Drug Administration to set strict standards on food developers in order to avoid such an issue again.

What’s going on?

According to the report, brands like Gerber, Beech-Nut, Walmart Inc.’s store brand and some other organic baby food brands had

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New Report Finds “Dangerous Levels of Toxic Metals” in Baby Food

New parents want the very best for their kids, but chances are, they are unknowingly feeding them baby food that contains toxic heavy metals, and a new report has added onto the pile of scientific studies that show how it can hinder brain development.



New Report Finds "Dangerous Levels of Toxic Metals" in Baby Food - Here's What You Need to Know


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New Report Finds “Dangerous Levels of Toxic Metals” in Baby Food – Here’s What You Need to Know

U.S. congressional investigators found “dangerous levels of toxic heavy metals” in certain baby foods that could cause neurological damage, a House Oversight subcommittee wrote in a report released in early February. It called for new testing standards, including setting maximum levels of toxic heavy metals permitted in baby foods and requiring manufacturers to test finished products for heavy metals, not just individual ingredients.

This update comes more than a year after similar headline-making news following an investigation published by Healthy Babies Bright Futures

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