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Rudy’s Law passes in Maryland, requiring testing baby food for toxic metals

Maryland has become the second state to mandate baby food manufacturers to test for toxic heavy metals such as lead and arsenic. The law is named after Rudy Callahan, an 18-month-old poisoned by lead in WanaBana cinnamon applesauce pouches, which contained lead levels 2,000 times above safety standards. This law requires testing results to be accessible via a QR code on labels by January 2026.