Scary news: according to USA Today your baby’s food may be killing her. The Environmental Law Foundation is suing major baby food makers like Gerber Products, Del Monte Foods and Beech-Nut Nutrition, saying their products contain lead and should carry warning labels according to California Proposition 65.
The Food and Drug Administration says it tested the baby food from the manufacturers in question and said the lead levels found were far below what would require warning levels.However, they do agree with the Environmental Law Foundation that these products—your tot’s favorite jarred peaches, pears, carrots and more—contain lead. The baby food companies argue that the lead found in tests is naturally occurring and isn’t dangerous to children. The FDA does have tolerable levels of lead that can exist in food; those food products don’t require a warning label.
The heavy metal has been linked to lower IQ and brain damage in children, especially younger children. Litigation in the case begins Monday.