A recent study found that 95 percent of baby foods on the market contain toxic metals, including lead, arsenic, cadmium, and mercury. One quarter of the foods actually had all four metals. Babies are vulnerable and shouldn’t be exposed to such dangerous toxins that can alter their developing brains and erode their IQs.
Baby food companies need to do better at avoiding these toxins in their products for the safety of their consumers. Apparently, the toxins enter the food through “pesticides, contaminated fertilizer, airborne contaminants and industrial operations.” But the food companies aren’t the only ones responsible. According to the report, “parents, baby food companies, farmers, and FDA all have a role in measurable reducing babies’ exposures.”
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) “is responsible for protecting the public health by ensuring the safety, efficacy, and security of human and veterinary drugs, biological products, and medical devices; and by ensuring the safety of our nation’s food supply, cosmetics, and products that emit radiation.” Clearly, they need to do more to protect babies.
Parents buy baby foods that are approved by the FDA expecting it to have been tested and ensured for safety. But as the report states, the FDA should establish standards for heavy metals and implement testing programs for heavy metals in foods consumed by babies and toddlers.
If you agree, sign this petition asking Congress to call on the FDA to implement these new regulations and testing programs to protect babies! You can also check out How to Make Your Own Healthy Plant-Based Baby Food and share it with all the parents you know!
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