Congress releases report on toxic heavy metals in baby food

Significant levels of toxic heavy metals such as mercury and lead were found in some of the country’s largest commercially manufactured baby food, according to a congressional report released last Thursday. Gerber, Beech-Nut, HappyBABY, and Earth’s Best Organic complied with the committee’s request to submit testing documents, while competitors including Campbell Soup and Sprout Foods declined to cooperate, The Wall Street Journal reports. Exposure to these toxic metals can affect the brain development, nervous system, and behavior of babies.

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