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State Officials Ask FDA to Get Heavy Metals Out of Baby Food

State Officials Ask FDA to Get Heavy Metals Out of Baby Food

October 28, 2021 — The Attorneys General of 23 states are demanding that the FDA take stronger action to limit toxic heavy metals in foods for babies and toddlers.

The petition was filed in response to a growing amount of evidence that heavy metals in baby food — including inorganic arsenic, lead, cadmium and mercury — are causing neurological problems in children, such as autism or low IQ.

They are asking the FDA to set “interim limits” on heavy metals in baby food that would go into effect by April 2022, which is earlier than the FDA’s current timeline in the “Closer to Zero” plan.

They also want manufacturers to test their finished set for toxic heavy metals and recall products that exceed limits established by the FDA.

Currently, the FDA only limits one heavy metal (inorganic arsenic) in on one type of baby food (infant rice cereal). The Attorneys General also asked the FDA to set a lower limit for inorganic arsenic in rice.

In February 2021, the U.S. House of Representatives’ Oversight and Reform Committee’s Subcommittee on Economic and Consumer Policy published a report that found high levels of toxic heavy metals in baby foods from at least 4 of the nation’s 7 largest manufacturers.

Alarmingly, the report found that manufacturers often failed to recall baby foods that tested positive for high levels of heavy metals.

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