2021 Baby Food Recall: tainted with Arsenic and other harmful metals


 

Introducing your baby to baby food is one of the highlighted milestones that parents look forward to. Excitedly, we carefully pick out the best brands and which flavors to try first. This milestone for new moms may be tainted for a while. I mean, It's not like parents are not dealing with enough, but here we have another thing to be highly concerned about! It's out that the U.S House of Representatives reported on February 4 that popular brands of baby food have been tested for dangerous levels of Arsenic, Lead, Cadmium, and Mercury. Yup, that's right!

 

It all started in November 2019 when the Subcommittee on Economic and Consumer Policy requested internal documents and test results from seven of the largest manufacturers of baby food in the United States.


~ Nurture Inc. of Happy Baby Organics

~ Beech-Nut

~ Hain Celestial Group for Earth's Best Organics

~ Campbell Soup Co. for Plum Organics

~ Walmart Inc. for Parent's Choice

~ Sprout Organics

~ Gerber

 

What's sketchy is that out of the 7 companies Walmart (Parents' Choice), Campbell's (Plum Organic), and Sprout Organics refused to send in their test results of the ingredients and finished products. It is believed that the companies refused to participate since they are aware of the toxic high levels of metals. An external independent study on these companies was done anyways. Come to find out, all 7 companies had high levels of Arsenic, Lead, Cadmium, and Mercury, way higher than expected.

 

When the results came in, all 7 companies were deemed guilty. Not just these companies whose charts are below, but all of them had similar results way over the threshold, using 180 ppb instead of the 100 ppb which was the goal. Don't you think that's overachieving the goal a little more than a bit?

 

But here's the catcher, there is NO federal standard for lead in baby food! No, we're not still living in the 1920's. It does sound insane to know that this is going on in 2021 after all these campaigns that we've seen in our communities. In 1997 by Executive Order 13045, the Task Force made up of 17 federal departments and offices were hired to reduce exposure to lead with the aim of ultimately improving children’s health. I guess they forgot about testing common foods that children ingest.

 

Even if there are no federal standards yet, the FDA, EU, and the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) had already placed recommendations for food companies to follow. So, what's the excuse again? Oh, wait the companies haven't given any statements yet. But. this will be interesting to hear.

 

And why we're at it, why did agencies like (EU, FDA, AAP) approve lead to even be in juices, water, formula, etc. in the first place knowing the harmful effects? The Agency for Toxic Substances & Disease has these 4 as the top 10 toxic substances to humans, especially babies. Arsenic, Lead, and Mercury are in the Top 3.

Inorganic Arsenic affects respiratory, gastrointestinal, immunological effects, cognitive issues, etc. Small doses of L