A new report shows toxic metals in manufactured baby food. Here’s how to make your own.

If there was ever a time to consider making your own baby food, it might be right now.

On Thursday, February 4, Congress released an investigation that showed four leading baby food manufacturers knowingly sold baby food that contained high levels of toxic heavy metals. The chemicals found included arsenic, lead, cadmium and mercury, which are in the World Health Organization’s top 10 chemicals of concern for infants and children.

The investigators found internal communications at the companies — Gerber; Beech-Nut Nutrition Company; Nurture, Inc., which sells Happy Baby products; and Hain Celestial Group, Inc., which sells Earth’s Best Organic — that revealed the companies’ own internal testing showed levels of heavy metals far above limits set for bottled water by the Food and Drug Administration and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. They continued to sell the products regardless.

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