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Congressional Report Finds Toxins in Baby Food Products

Recently, the U.S. Congressional House Oversight and Reform Subcommittee on Economic and Consumer Policy released a report that found “dangerous levels of toxic heavy metals” in certain baby foods.  

South Dakota (SD) WIC knows that caregivers are concerned with these findings and are looking for information and guidance on what foods are safe to feed their children. SD WIC’s advice is consistent with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and American Academy of Pediatrics. 

To lower the risk of heavy metal exposure it is important to prepare and offer a variety of foods from all food groups and breastfeed, if possible. Prepare and offer a wide range of grains, vegetables and fruits that promote healthy eating and support good health. For infants greater than 6 months of age, this could look like offering a variety of fortified infant cereals rather than solely infant rice cereal. For toddlers greater than 12 months of age, rotate the types of whole grain provided at each meal. A well-balanced diet at any age can decrease the risk of possible negative impacts from eating too much of any one food.  

In addition to providing nutrition and breastfeeding education and support, WIC provides access to a wide range of infant foods and fresh vegetables and fruits that promote healthy eating and support good health.  

If you have questions about your food package and would like more information, please contact your local WIC office.  

Additional Information: 

March 5, 2021 FDA Update – Update on FDA Efforts to Increase the Safety of Foods for Babies and Young Children

February 16, 2021 FDA Response – Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Response to Questions About Levels of Toxic Elements in Baby Food

Statement from the National WIC Association:  https://www.nwica.org/blog/statement-on-the-congressional-report-on-baby-food#.YCKrAmhTk2y