HEADS UP PARENTS! Lead, arsenic and deadly heavy metals are discovered in popular BABY FOOD
Lead, arsenic and deadly heavy metals are discovered in popular BABY FOOD as House subcommittee slams Walmart and two others for refusing to cooperate and warns they might be ‘obscuring even higher levels’
Arsenic, lead and other toxic metals that can harm brain development have been found in many popular baby foods, including organic brands.
The Oversight Subcommittee on Economic and Consumer Policy requested internal data from seven companies in 2019 after a nonprofit called Healthy Babies Bright Futures published results of testing it did on baby foods, according to a congressional report released Thursday.
Four of the companies shared documents with the subcommittee, including: Gerber, Beech-Nut, Earth´s Best Organics maker Hain Celestial and Happy Family Organics maker Nurture Inc.
Walmart, Sprout Foods and Campbell Soup Co., which makes Plum Organics baby food, didn´t cooperate, the subcommittee said.
‘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.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration considers arsenic, lead, cadmium and mercury harmful to human health.
‘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.
According to the FDA, the metals found have ‘no established health benefit’ and ‘lead to illness, impairment, and in high doses, death.’
‘Even low levels of harmful metals from individual food sources, can sometimes add up to a level of concern,’ according to the FDA.
Currently, there is no federal standard on these toxins, or warning to parents about them, the report reads.
Arsenic is ranked number one among substances present in the environment that pose the most significant potential threat to human health, according to health officials. Lead is number two and mercury is number three on the list, with cadmium placing seventh.