CNN — Four leading baby food manufacturers knowingly sold baby food that had high levels of toxic heavy metals, according to internal company documents included in a congressional investigation released Thursday.
“Dangerous levels of toxic metals like arsenic, lead, cadmium and mercury exist in baby foods at levels that exceed what experts and governing bodies say are permissible,” said Democratic Rep. Raja Krishnamoorthi of Illinois, who is the chair of the House Subcommittee on Economic and Consumer Policy, which conducted the investigation.
Krishnamoorthi said the findings are “shocking” because they show evidence that some baby foods contain hundreds of parts per billion of dangerous metals. “Yet we know that in a lot of cases, we should not have anything more than single digit parts per billion of any of these metals in any of our foods,” he said.
Internal testing done by Gerber; Beech-Nut Nutrition Company; Nurture, Inc., which