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Quijano Concerned by Recent Study on Baby Food Ingredients

Report Reveals 95 Percent of Baby Foods Contain One or More Toxic Heavy Metals

Responding to a new study, which found that 95 percent of 168 baby foods tested contain toxic heavy metals, Assemblywoman Annette Quijano (D-Union) issued the following statement urging the New Jersey Department of Health to take a closer look:

“The nutrition babies get during their early developmental stages is extremely important to their long-term health, so the level of arsenic, lead, cadmium and mercury being found in baby food is very concerning.

“Parents should feel fully confident that the food they are giving their new babies is safe, and so labels should be more specific. Only when manufacturing companies become more accountable, will we begin seeing reduced levels of chemical contaminants in baby food products.

“I would urge the New Jersey Department of Health to investigate further into this issue. Greater industry transparency and better food safety guidelines are fundamental to protecting New Jersey families and children.”