Contaminants in Baby Foods

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Tell the Food and Drug Administration to take action to keep infants and children safe.
A new Consumer Reports analysis found worrisome levels of contaminants in baby and toddler food products. CR looked at baby cereals; packaged fruits and vegetables; packaged entrees; snacks, such as puffs, rice rusks, cookies; and other foods often fed to infants and toddlers. A majority of these foods had concerning levels of cadmium, lead, and/or inorganic arsenic, elements that are commonly known as “heavy metals.”

We are now calling on the Food and Drug Administration to quickly impose new limits to ensure our babies and toddlers are safe. Sign our petition now to call on the FDA to take the following action:

  • Establish aggressive targets:Set a goal of having no measurable amounts of cadmium, inorganic arsenic, or lead in baby and children’s food.
  • Create and enforce benchmarks:To reach its goals in baby and children’s food, FDA should insist that manufacturers follow recognized best practices and set incremental targets for industry to meet along the way.
  • Finalize existing proposed guidelines: FDA should limit inorganic arsenic in apple juice to 10 ppb, and limit inorganic arsenic in infant rice cereal to 100 ppb. Also, it should revise existing guidance for lead in fruit juice to reduce the limit from 50 to 5 ppb, the standard for bottled water.

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