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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.

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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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New report finds “toxic heavy metals” in popular baby foods

Baby food from several of the country’s largest manufacturers are “tainted” with toxic heavy metals, according to a disturbing new government report. 



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The report, released Thursday morning, says those baby foods have “significant levels” of substances including lead, arsenic, cadmium and mercury. The metals can be especially dangerous to babies’ and toddlers’ brain development. 

Parents often say they are looking for the healthiest, safest food for their babies. But as Connecticut mom Carrie Kerner found out, it’s difficult to look for something you may not even be aware of.

“I just looked for the ingredients,” Kerner told CBS News consumer investigative correspondent Anna Werner. “If there was any added preservatives, sweeteners or added sugars, I wouldn’t buy it, so I basically just wanted to get organic.”

Government report finds dangerous levels of arsenic, lead, mercury in many popular baby foods

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New report finds “toxic heavy metals” like arsenic and mercury in popular baby foods

Baby food from several of the country’s largest manufacturers are “tainted” with toxic heavy metals, according to a disturbing new government report.

The report, released Thursday morning, says those baby foods have “significant levels” of substances including lead, arsenic, cadmium and mercury. The metals can be especially dangerous to babies’ and toddlers’ brain development.

Parents often say they are looking for the healthiest, safest food for their babies. But as Connecticut mom Carrie Kerner found out, it’s difficult to look for something you may not even be aware of.

“I just looked for the ingredients,” Kerner told CBS News consumer investigative correspondent Anna Werner. “If there was any added preservatives, sweeteners or added sugars, I wouldn’t buy it, so I basically just wanted to get organic.”

Kerner had her first child, Chloe, a year ago. Ever since, she said she has been paying close attention to what is in

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