Baby Food Companies Getting Sued Over Lead In Their Products
The Environmental Law Foundation is suing a number of baby food companies — Gerber and Beech-Nut among them — alleging their products contain levels of lead that violate California’s Proposition 65. The group would like to see warning labels added to baby food labeling. Lawyers for the food companies say that Food & Drug Administration testing show that the levels of lead in these products are below government guidelines. However, there’s an understanding that baby food does, in fact, contain lead.
“Overall, lead poisoning in the U.S. has declined significantly after it was removed from paints and gasoline formulas,” writes USA Today. “Still, more than 500,000 U.S. children are believed to have lead poisoning, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.”
The companies say the lead in their products is a naturally-occurring thing. Children (and others) who suffer from lead poisoning generally get it from contaminated water or old paint.
Do you think baby food should have warning labeling, even if the level of lead is low?