Schumer calls for FDA to probe reports of contaminated baby food
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Senate Majority Leader Chuck SchumerChuck SchumerHow to fast-track climate action? EPA cutting super pollutant HFCs On The Money: How demand is outstripping supply and hampering recovery | Montana pulls back jobless benefits | Yellen says higher rates may be necessary Senate Democrats announce B clean bus plan MORE (D-N.Y.) called for the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to take further action in the wake of a report last week that found 95 percent of baby foods tested contained toxic metals, according to The Associated Press.

Saying consumers “rightfully expect those foods to be undeniably safe, appropriately regulated and nutritiously sustaining,” the New York senator on Sunday called for the FDA to conduct its own assessment of the study and release their findings, according to the AP.


The study, conducted by the advocacy group Healthy Babies Bright Futures, found that of 168 types of baby food tested, 95 percent contained lead, 73 percent contained arsenic, 75 percent contained cadmium and 32 percent contained mercury.

Twenty-five percent contained all four, while one-fifth contained more than 10 times the one part-per-billion maximum lead level endorsed by public health advocates.

"Even in the trace amounts found in food, these contaminants can alter the developing brain and erode a child's IQ. The impacts add up with each meal or snack a baby eats," the report says. “Despite the risks, with few exceptions there are no specific limits for toxic heavy metals in baby food.”