Report Shows Baby Foods Contain Toxic Heavy Metals

February 15, 2021

A new Report by the U.S. Subcommittee on Economic and Consumer Policy reveals baby foods contain dangerous levels of toxic heavy metals.

The “Subcommittee on Economic and Consumer Policy” released a new Report showing that baby foods contain dangerous levels of toxic heavy metals that endanger infant neurological development and long-term brain function. The “Subcommittee on Economic and Consumer Policy” is part of the “Committee on Oversight and Reform”, which is the main investigative committee in the U.S. House of Representatives.

New Report – entitled, “Baby Foods Are Tainted with Dangerous Levels of Arsenic, Lead, Cadmium, and Mercury” and released on February 4, 2021 – says: “Inorganic arsenic, lead, cadmium, and mercury are toxic heavy metals. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the World Health Organization (WHO) have declared them dangerous to human health, particularly to babies and children, who are most vulnerable to their neurotoxic effects.  Even low levels of exposure can cause serious and often irreversible damage to brain development.”

The Subcommittee’s investigation found:


Specifically, the Subcommittee reports that arsenic, lead and cadmium were present in baby foods made by all responding companies, whereas mercury was detected in baby food of the only responding company that tested for it. These results are multiples higher than allowed under existing regulations for other products.

Report continues: “According to internal company documents and test results obtained by the Subcommittee, commercial baby foods are tainted with significant levels of toxic heavy metals, including arsenic, lead, cadmium, and mercury.  Exposure to toxic heavy metals causes permanent decreases in IQ (Intelligence Quotient), diminished future economic productivity, and increased risk of future criminal and antisocial behavior in children.  Toxic heavy metals endanger infant neurological development and long-term brain function. … The time is now for FDA … to inform consumers through labels.”

In a press release, Rep. Raja Krishnamoorthi, Chairman of the Subcommittee on Economic and Consumer Policy declared: “Baby food manufacturers hold a special position of public trust. But consumers mistakenly believe that these companies would not sell unsafe products. The Subcommittee’s staff report found that these manufacturers knowingly sell baby food containing high levels of toxic heavy metals. I hope companies will commit to making safer baby foods.  Regardless, it’s time that we develop much better standards for the sake of future generations.”

“The Subcommittee’s investigation”, added Chairman Krishnamoorthi, “revealed that manufacturers knowingly sell tainted baby food to unsuspecting parents, in spite of internal company test results showing high levels of toxic heavy metal, and without any warning labels whatsoever. I look forward to FDA’s careful regulation of these toxic heavy metals in baby foods, followed by strict compliance requirements and mandatory consumer labels.”

Full Report “Baby Foods Are Tainted with Dangerous Levels of Arsenic, Lead, Cadmium, and Mercury”
Press Release by the “Subcommittee on Economic and Consumer Policy”