WASHINGTON – The following is a statement of Scott Faber, the Environmental Working Group’s senior vice president of government affairs, on the Food and Drug Administration’s announcement today of new standards for toxic metals in baby foods:
Today’s announcement to set tougher standards for toxic metals in baby foods is important progress by the FDA. Tens of thousands of babies will start to eat solid food today, so we have no time to waste if we want to protect our babies from lead, arsenic and other toxic metals.
The FDA’s announcement sends an important signal to farmers and baby food companies to get to work. More progress must be made, including changes in where and how we grow rice, potatoes, carrots and other ingredients in baby foods.
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