The Baby Food Council

Published: October 18, 2019 by The Baby Food Council

The Baby Food Council, established in January 2019 by Cornell University and Environmental Defense Fund, has committed to reduce heavy metal contamination as low as reasonably achievable by identifying and spreading best supply chain management practices. In addition to Cornell and EDF, current Council members include leading baby food companies Beech-Nut Nutrition Company, Campbell Soup Company (Plum Organics), Gerber Products Company, The Hain Celestial Group (Earth’s Best), Happy Family Organics and the NGO Healthy Babies, Bright Futures. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), and the U.S. Department of Agriculture also serve as technical advisors. This diverse group of organizations presents a promising opportunity to reduce the presence of contaminants at scale.

Early efforts of the Council have focused on identifying those foods and ingredients with the most potential to contribute to heavy metal exposure in young children. Going forward, the Council will be working to determine best practices that can reduce heavy metal levels in these foods.

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