US Lawmakers target heavy metals in baby food with new legislation

Senators Klobuchar, Duckworth, along with Rep. Krishnamoorthi and Rep. Cardenas introduced “The Baby Food Safety Act of 2024” to limit harmful metals in commercial baby food. The bill grants the FDA new authority to enforce stringent safety standards and mandates comprehensive testing for toxic metals like lead, arsenic, cadmium, and mercury in both domestic and imported baby foods. The FDA has been repeatedly urged to address these issues, following incidents of high toxin levels in popular baby foods and severe lead poisoning cases linked to contaminated products.