Some of the largest manufacturers are under fire after a congressional report revealed that their baby food products contain toxic heavy metals.
The report alleged that amid a 2019 investigation led by the Oversight Subcommittee on Economic and Consumer Policy, four out of seven probed manufacturers refused to share information raising suspicions.
Walmart, Campbell, and Sprout Organic Foods’ “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 Subcommittee later confirmed that “commercial baby foods are tainted with significant levels of toxic heavy metals, including arsenic, lead, cadmium, and mercury.”
“Exposure to toxic heavy metals causes permanent decreases in IQ, diminished future economic productivity, and increased risk of future criminal and antisocial behavior in children.”
The report concluded that “in 100% of the Hain baby foods tested, inorganic arsenic levels were higher in the finished baby food than the company estimated they would be based on individual ingredient testing.”
In response to the findings, Beech-Nut Nutrition reassured that it is working with other companies “on science-based standards that food suppliers can implement across our industry.”
House Subcommittee on Economic and Consumer Policy chair Raja Krishnamoorthi issued a statement:
“The Subcommittee’s investigation revealed that manufacturers knowingly sell tinted 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.”
“The FDA must set standards and regulate this industry much closely, starting now.”