FDA to Deal With Heavy Metals in Baby Food

The FDA will embark on a multiyear program to determine acceptable levels of heavy metals in baby food, in the wake of reports that showed them at high concentrations. The FDA announced its plan, “Closer to Zero,” on April 8. It will evaluate the science and propose appropriate levels for lead, cadmium, mercury and arsenic, in consultation with manufacturers, consumers and other stakeholders. The situation became notorious when reports surfaced, including one from a congressional subcommittee, showing high levels of heavy metals in baby and toddler food products from major manufacturers. Legislation was introduced to set limits, and at least five processors were hit with class-action lawsuits in several states.

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8 thoughts on “FDA to Deal With Heavy Metals in Baby Food”

    1. A long, long time. We have known since the mid-1970s that chronic low exposure to lead in the local environment is more dangerous to 0-3 age group than an amount that makes a human visible ill. Based on research in Cincinnati. Unfortunately the research had its own toxicity, as well. Black-American families in one neighborhood were paid to be part of a research project (taking blood samples from infants and toddlers for analysis over time). Families were not informed of the suspected harm from chronic low-level exposure to lead nor were offered treatment or remediation. I worked in the effected neighborhood rehabbing homes where testing for lead paint was still not required in rental homes or apartments. Neighborhood was also surrounded by expressways.

    2. Why am I not surprised. Tuskegee anyone?

      This happened all around the country, and is part of why I work to raise awareness of the need to investigate and advocate with empathy for all.

    3. University of Cincinnati was also involved in testing impact of radioactive exposure on Black-Americans who were told they were getting experimental “medicine” for advanced cancer when they were actually running tests for Defense Department. These “researchers” were not a lot different from the German and Japanese horror doctors during WWII. Still not generally known. Good on you for your work on empathy.

    4. And good on you, too, Ned!
      Thank you for your support of both of our work, which is the same, after all, no?
      Much love,
      -Shira

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