Contaminants in infant formula

Jaclyn Bowen discusses some of the most common ways contaminants can – and have – made their way into baby milk.

Lately, when it comes to baby food in the United States, all eyes have been on the emerging Baby Food Safety Act of 2021. After a series of consumer advocacy exposés on the issue of heavy metals in baby food, the House subcommittee on Economic and Consumer Policy conducted a Congressional investigation. Following the investigation, they released a damning report showing that baby foods are tainted with dangerous levels of toxic heavy metals that could endanger infant neurological development and long-term brain function. The subcommittee chairman, Representative Krishnamoorthi, subsequently issued this statement:1