Seven Popular Brands, Shockingly High Levels of Heavy Metals in Baby Foods
Report Basics: What Was Investigated
This new report on heavy metal contamination in baby foods was issued yesterday, Feb 4, 2021 by the House Subcommittee on Economic and Consumer Policy. It examines seven popular baby food companies:
- Nurture (Happy BABY)
- Hain Celestial Group (Earth’s Best)
- Campbell (Plum Organics)
- Sprout Foods (Sprout Organic)
The first four companies participated in the investigation but the last three did not. We will post a longer analysis for you on this soon but want to get this up tonight so you could easily find the report.
Quick Summary: Companies Showing High Heavy Metal Levels in Baby Foods
The report found that of the four companies that cooperated with the report, all had levels of lead, arsenic, cadmium, and/or mercury in their products and/or ingredients.
The Subcommittee expressed deep concern that three of the companies–Campbell, Walmart, and Sprout Foods–refused to cooperate with the investigation.
Internal documents show Hain and Beech-Nut had shockingly high allowed levels of heavy metals in their baby food and their ingredients. Some components for Beech-Nut allowed up to 3000PPB or even 5000PPB for arsenic and cadmium. Though this is very surprising, notably the amount of contamination in the products was not near to what their standard allowed and ranged from <1PPB-710PPB.
Peace of Mind Tips: How to Avoid Toxins in Baby Foods
- Avoid rice baby foods. Oats are not a crop of concern for heavy metal contamination.
- Avoid sweet potatoes. Use a variety of other vegetables.
- Avoid fruit juice.
- Buy organic (to avoid pesticides toxicity, including glyphosate)
Stay well, Colleen