Stop Poisoning Infants With Toxic Baby Foods

Target: Dr. Siddika Mithani, President of the Canadian Food Inspection Agency

 Goal: Stop endangering infants with toxic heavy metals in baby foods.

High levels of toxic heavy metals are found in most manufactured infant foods, unknown to the consumer. People should not ingest more than single digit parts per billion of harmful metals. Most baby foods, however, contain hundreds of parts per billion. Baby food companies make the excuse that these toxins cannot be avoided due to their natural presence in the soil in which crops are grown. They seemingly neglect to ensure a safe source for the ingredients of their products.

The World Health Organization declared the metals arsenic, lead, cadmium and mercury as top 10 chemicals of concern for infants and children. Feeding babies large amounts of these toxins has devastating effects on their immediate and future health. Baby food producers seemingly knowingly sell baby foods with high levels of heavy metals, despite the fact that they cause chronic diseases, cancer, and neurotoxic health problems. With a baby’s brain developing at a fast speed, it is much more sensitive to neurotoxins. Despite that fact, other foods have stricter guidelines for heavy metal contamination than baby foods.

Some manufacturers apparently choose to conduct no testing at all for any of their products, nor do they properly label them. This neglect leaves children to fall victim of aggression, behavioral problems, and IQ loss.

It must be made mandatory to test not only the ingredients for toxins, but also the end product that is sold to consumers. Additionally, all baby foods need to be clearly labeled to warn parents, and caregivers of potential dangers. Sign the petition below to protect babies from being poisoned.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Dr. Siddika Mithani,

Parents and caregivers unknowingly feed poisonous foods to their babies because of toxic heavy metal levels in manufactured baby foods. Although it is dangerous for people to ingest more than single digit parts per billion of harmful metals, most baby foods contain amounts that are hundreds of times higher. Heavy metals are found naturally in the soil in which crops are grown. Baby food producers use this fact to justify their apparent neglectfulness to properly source the ingredients of their products.

The toxic metals arsenic, lead, cadmium and mercury are some of the top 10 chemicals of concern for infants and children. Yet, baby food producers sell foods with high amounts of these detrimental substances.

There are no proper guidelines to regulate contamination in baby foods. With no testing done to identify toxic levels of heavy metals, children are exposed to chronic health conditions. Therefore, I urge you to institute mandatory labeling of all baby foods and ensure testing of the end product that is sold to consumers.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

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