Success: Action Taken to Save Infants From Harmful Foods

Target: Raja Krishnamoorthi, Democratic Rep. of Illinois

Goal: Applaud the Baby Food Safety Act of 2021, which would help keep infants safe from heavy metals.

Dangerous levels of toxic heavy metals are found in most manufactured infant foods and are sold to unknown parents. People should not consume more than single-digit parts per billion of these metals. Yet, many baby foods contain hundreds of parts per billion.

The toxic metals arsenic, lead, cadmium, and mercury are some of the top 10 chemicals of concern for infants and children. A congressional investigation found that food manufacturers had knowingly sold baby food to consumers that contained dangerous levels of arsenic, lead, cadmium, and mercury.

There are currently no proper guidelines to regulate contamination in baby foods. With no testing done to ensure safe levels of heavy metals, children are threatened by severe chronic health conditions.

Thanks to petitions like this one on ForceChange, and other concerned consumers, US lawmakers proposed a new bill to reduce the number of toxic heavy metals contained in baby food.

The toxins are difficult to avoid due to their natural presence in the soil in which crops are grown. Therefore, the new bill is supposed to fund fifty million dollars to the National Academy of Sciences to research agricultural means to minimize heavy metals. In addition to that, the bill would also compel the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to implement a campaign to educate consumers about the risks of heavy metal ingestion.

Sign this petition to thank Mr. Krishnamoorthi for proposing new legislation to protect infants and children from harmful foods.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Mr. Krishnamoorthi,

Thank you for proposing the Baby Food Safety Act of 2021 to protect innocent children from harmful foods. I appreciate that your bill is supposed to tighten the safety standards for infant foods and support the National Academy of Sciences in researching agricultural means to reduce heavy metal presence in the soil. Also, it would compel the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to implement a campaign to educate consumers about the risks of heavy metal consumption.

With your help, parents can feel safe again about the purchase of baby food items. My hope is for your bill to be realized by Congress.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

Photo Credit: Nikita Avvakumov

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One Comment

  1. Paula Morgan says:

    It’s about time!!! Thank you!

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