U.S. congressional investigators found “dangerous levels of toxic heavy metals” in certain baby foods that could cause neurological damage, a House Oversight subcommittee revealed on Thursday. Some Earth’s Best products contained contaminants. Mercury, cadmium, lead, and high-arsenic products were found. Between food brands examined were Nurture Inc, Hain Celestial Group Inc, Beech-Nut Nutrition and Gerber, a unit of Nestle. Some others refused to cooperate with the investigation. The investigators called on U.S. regulators to set maximum levels of toxic heavy metals permitted in baby foods and require manufacturers to test finished products for heavy metals, not just ingredients.
„It’s time that we develop much better standards for the sake of future generations,” said representative Raja Krishnamoorthi, a Democrat who chairs the panel that released the report. The document alleges that the FDA under the Trump administration failed to take action after learning about the increased risk of heavy metals in baby food. The FDA said in a statement that it is reviewing the report’s findings and it “takes exposure to toxic elements in the food supply extremely seriously, especially when it comes to protecting the health and safety of the youngest and most vulnerable in the population.”