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High levels of arsenic, lead, and mercury found in major baby food brands, congressional report claims

A recent US congressional report released this past week by the House Subcommittee on Economic and Consumer Policy highlighted the findings of high level of metal elements in infant food products.

The Congressional report draws investigative findings done at four major manufacturers: Beech-Nut Nutrition, Gerber, Nurture Inc, and Hain Celestial Group Inc. Some of the investigations were lead by the FDA and the Environmental Protection Agency. During those and current on-going investigations it was found that Inorganic arsenic, lead, cadmium and mercury were found in a large number of their baby food items.

Many of the elements found in the food products were far above FDA and US Environmental Protection Agency limits that are allowed to be found in its products. These chemical elements are by no means safe, they cause serious mental development issues for infants and young children and can even cause cancer.

Many of the companies are defending their quality procedures, Gerber spokesperson stated “the FDA had retested the samples, and was unable to confirm the result by Alaska, adding that the FDA “confirmed to Gerber that no action was needed.” Currently there is a piece of legislation named Baby Food Safety Act of 2021 that would “amend the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act to limit the presence of toxic elements in, and otherwise regulate, infant and toddler food, and for other purposes.”

ARTICLE: JACOB KOVACS

MANAGING EDITOR: CARSON CHOATE

PHOTO CREDITS: POLITICO

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