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Klobuchar, Krishnamoorthi, Duckworth, and Cardenas Introduce Legislation to Raise Food Safety and Enforcement Standards for Commercial Baby and Toddler Food

U.S. Senators Amy Klobuchar and Tammy Duckworth introduced the Baby Food Safety Act of 2024 to limit harmful heavy metals like lead, arsenic, cadmium, and mercury in baby food. This legislation empowers the FDA to enforce stringent safety standards and mandates rigorous sampling and testing by manufacturers. The bill aims to enhance transparency and improve food facility inspections for both domestic and imported products. Representatives Raja Krishnamoorthi and Tony Cárdenas are leading the companion House bill. The bill follows years of advocacy and multiple reports revealing high levels of neurotoxic heavy metals in baby foods, posing significant risks to children’s health and development. The proposed law sets maximum allowable limits for heavy metals and strengthens the FDA’s regulatory and enforcement capabilities to protect infants and toddlers from toxic contaminants.