Lead On

The FDA wants to limit the amount of lead in baby food.

Wait, what?

Yes. The FDA has been trying to limit the amount of toxic metals in baby food for years. One study found that 94% of store-bought baby food contained lead, while 32% contained mercury. Lead exposure in kids has been linked to brain damage, learning disabilities, and behavioral difficulties. The good news: since the ’80s, lead exposure through food has decreased by 97% among young kids. Now, the FDA wants to get it “Closer to Zero.”


Yesterday, it shared new federal guidance that could reduce lead in some baby foods by as much as 27%. Before you throw everything out, it’s important to note that metals and toxins are found in just about all foods. That’s because fruits and veggies absorb small amounts of lead and other metals from the soil, water, and even air — naturally and through pollution. If you’re thinking about making your own baby food with store-bought or organic items, note that they may…

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