Many popular baby foods contain trace amounts of lead, arsenic, and other toxic metals, including many organic brands. The information comes to light after the Oversight Subcommittee on Economic and Consumer Policy requested data from seven companies in 2019 after news broke that these baby food companies might be serving up poisons in their food. The warning came from the nonprofit group Healthy Babies Bright Futures that did some testing and found those baby foods contained ingredients that are known to be harmful to babies.
According to Daily Mail’s report on the subcommittee, the following companies sold their baby food with contaminants like arsenic and lead: Gerber, Beech-Nut, Earth’s Best Organics maker Hain Celestial and Happy Family Organics maker Nurture Inc.
The subcommittee wanted information from Walmart, Sprout Foods, and Campbell Soup Co. – the maker of Plum Organics baby – but they refused to cooperate with the investigation. Does that mean these manufacturers know whether or not their food contains contaminants that could hurt babies?
“The Subcommittee is greatly concerned that their lack of cooperation might be obscuring the presence of even higher levels of toxic heavy metals in their baby food products than their competitors’ products,” the report said.
According to the US Food and Drug Administration, lead, arsenic, mercury, and cadmium are harmful to human health. But that should not be a surprise to most. Nevertheless, these baby food companies are not working to remove these contaminants from the food that goes into the bodies of the most precious people in our lives.
The FDA confirms that these contaminates provide “no established health benefit” that often leads “to illness, impairment, and in high doses, death.” The FDA added, “Even low levels of harmful metals from individual food sources can sometimes add up to a level of concern.”
The report made it clear that these companies are doing wrong to parents and their children by poisoning babies.
“Children’s exposure to toxic heavy metals causes permanent decreases in IQ, diminished future economic productivity, and increased risk of future criminal and antisocial behavior,” the report reads.
Rep. Raja Krishnamoorthi, an Illinois Democrat, is the person leading the Oversight Subcommittee and working to protect American babies.
“The Subcommittee’s investigation revealed that manufacturers knowingly sell tainted baby food to unsuspecting parents, in spite of internal company test results showing high levels of toxic heavy metal, and without any warning labels whatsoever,” Krishnamoorthi said in a statement.
The FDA is very concerned about the apparent poisoning of babies across America. The agency said that baby food companies have been working to remove arsenic from their products since 2016.
“We acknowledge that there is more work to be done, but the FDA reiterates its strong commitment to continue to reduce consumer exposure to toxic elements and other contaminants,” the agency said.
Campbell Soup Co. refused to participate in the study because they argued that the FDA does not have standards around including heavy metals like lead in baby food. Walmart also skirted the study by pushing all testing responsibilities onto their suppliers.
What do you think about this baby food crisis?
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