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Schumer demands FDA investigate toxic metals in baby foods following disturbing study


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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Nydailynews.com: “Schumer demands FDA investigate toxic metals in baby foods following disturbing study”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

The Senate majority leader demanded the Food and Drug Administration investigate the alleged widespread presence of potentially toxic heavy metals in baby foods just days after the advocacy organization Healthy Babies Bright Future published a damning report that found the presence of arsenic, lead, mercury and cadmium in 95% of the 168 baby foods tested. One in four baby foods tested contained all four metals, the study found.

“We have to stop that right now," Schumer said at a press conference in front of the Chelsea store Buy Buy Baby. "Even though the FDA has been asked to test baby food for these toxic metals, they have sat on their hands.”

Schumer said the FDA in 2017 established a working group to look into toxic metals in foods, but said it has produced no new regulations. He said the agency should investigate the findings in the Healthy Babies Bright Future study, and urged the feds to establish more strict standards for heavy metals in baby food.

“It’s definitely something the FDA should look into,” said Michael Akavan, who along with his two-month-old daughter Summer joined Schumer at the news conference. “It’s scary that even things like rice and sweet potato could have toxic chemicals. I don’t think that’s something I thought about.”

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