There's Lead in Baby Food But You Won't Find It on the Label

Say What!? 7

baby foodMaybe you make your own baby food. Maybe you pick up a few jars every time you hit the supermarket. Here's something we can all agree on: moms deserve the right to know what their baby is eating. Only a bunch of baby food makers disagree; they want to keep a lead warning off the side of their eats. 

Yes, I said lead. In baby food.


Apparently Gerber Products, Del Monte Foods, Beech-Nut Nutrition, and several other companies are facing a lawsuit launched by the Environmental Law Foundation, a California-based nonprofit organization.

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The suit claims the companies are selling baby food and juices with lead at levels that require warning labels under California law. The companies' attorney has countered that the lead in every product is "naturally occurring" (rather than an additive) and U.S. Food and Drug Administration show the levels fall below the legal safety standards ... so they don't really HAVE TO disclose.

Who's right we won't know until the lawsuit shakes out.

But after having to put my kid through all those state-mandated lead tests and reading up on all the scary things that this "naturally occurring" health hazard, I have to say I hope they get their warnings.

The issue to me isn't how much lead is in the baby food or even how it got there. It's how much information parents deserve about the food we're buying.

In a perfect world, we'd all be able to make our own baby food. But that doesn't work for every mom (or dad). Some of us have to go the jar route, and we want to know what's in there.

We should be able to see the warning and then make decision about the risk ourselves, not have companies do it for us. It's called making an informed decision, something that can only be done with all the information available.

The companies might want to give moms a little credit. I'm betting some parents will decide that lead content that falls under the FDA-approved level is OK by them. Others may not, but they'll respect the companies a lot more for being open and honest.

Would you buy baby food with a lead warning on the side?


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nonmember avatar Terri

If it is naturally occuring, then it is in the fruits and veggies as the grow, its in the soil. Organically grown does not mean lead free. Making your own will still have lead, you just won't know what the level is. At least these companies monitor it.

ollie... olliespunkma

making baby food is super easy and much healthier, plus the jars say no perservatives wich freaks me out it can sit on a shelf for years might want those perservatives

Melanie Rae

Canning is a process of food is canned.

But either or, I made my own. Not for any of those reasons, but because I was an obsessive new mother who needed to do everything possible to make sure my daughter was perfect. That's all, haha. 

work4... work4mickey

Terri is right, if the lead is "naturally occuring" then it will even be in home made baby food.

BiBi Frederick Waltslady

My kid ate table food from six months on and his doctor told me that was fine as long as he is getting the nutrients he needs- He would not touch the jarred stuff- To this day nothing can be jarred food it has to be all cooked by me lol

femal... femaleMIKE

No, I would not.  I probably won't be buying any of those jarred baby food.  I won't be one of those moms that sit there and make my own baby food and freeze it.  I simply  plan to feed my baby whatever it is that I am eating (just mashed up a little or into smaller pieces).  Which is how I was raised.

Michi Cabrera

Seems pointless complaining and wasting time doing something about this when Monsanto is about to get away with tainting and monopolizing our food supply.

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