Baby Food Makers Sued Over Lead Levels

by Christopher Freeburn | April 8, 2013 11:42 am

Baby[1]Environmentalists are suing the nation’s biggest producers of baby food, demanding that the companies put warning labels on some products sold to California consumers[2].

The Environmental Law Foundation says that certain baby foods contain lead levels high enough to require the labels under state law. The companies contend that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has ruled that the lead content in the products does not warrant a label, the Associated Press notes.

Baby products that feature pears, peaches, carrots, grape juice and sweet potatoes have trace amounts of lead. The companies claim the lead occurs naturally in the foods and that the levels fall below the standard that requires labeling.

Environmentalists argue that California’s Proposition 65 mandates labeling for product that whose lead content is 1/1000 of levels considered dangerous under federal standards.

The companies named in the lawsuit include Del Monte Foods, Beech-Nut and Nestle’s (PINK:NSRGY[3]) Gerber, among others.

Last week, Stockton, Calif., became the largest U.S. city to ever file for bankruptcy[4].

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