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California Bill Requiring Baby Food Manufacturers to Test Their Product for Toxic Heavy Metals Signed Into Law

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October 12, 2023 – Torrance, CA – Assembly Bill 899, which will help protect babies by requiring baby food manufacturers to test their products for toxic heavy metals, was signed into law on Wednesday by Governor Gavin Newsom. This new law will, starting on January 1, 2025, require representative samples of baby food products sold, manufactured, or delivered in California to be tested for arsenic, cadmium, lead, and mercury and requires those test results to be posted on the manufacturer’s website.

This first-in-the-nation legislation enacts recommendations by the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Oversight and Reform, Subcommittee on Economic and Consumer Policy. In their 2021 report on toxic heavy metals in baby foods, the Subcommittee found that “commercial baby foods are tainted with significant levels of toxic heavy metals, including arsenic, lead, cadmium, and mercury. Exposure to toxic heavy metals causes permanent decreases in IQ, diminished future economic productivity, and increased risk of future criminal and antisocial behavior. Toxic heavy metals endanger infant neurological development and long-term brain function.”

“This new law will help protect babies by requiring baby food manufacturers to test their products for toxic heavy metals and post test results on their websites,” stated Assemblymember Al Muratsuchi, the bill’s author. “By requiring this testing and reporting in California, the biggest consumer market in the nation, baby food manufacturers across the United States will hopefully take greater action to ensure their products are free of toxic heavy metals. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration should follow California’s lead in enacting similar national testing and reporting requirements.”

“This law fills two critical gaps in FDA’s efforts to reduce children’s dietary exposure to cadmium, lead, mercury, and inorganic arsenic to as low as possible while maintaining access to nutritious foods,” said Tom

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New California law requires baby food manufacturers to test for toxic heavy metals

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Governor Newsom signed a first-in-the-nation bill requiring baby food manufacturers to test their products for the presence of heavy metals into law on Wednesday.

“This new law will help protect babies by requiring baby food manufacturers to test their products for toxic heavy metals and post test results on their websites,” stated Assemblymember Al Muratsuchi. “By requiring this testing and reporting in California, the biggest consumer market in the nation, baby food manufacturers across the United States will hopefully take greater action to ensure their products are free of toxic heavy metals. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration should follow California’s lead in enacting similar national testing and reporting requirements.”   

Assembly Bill 899, authored by Assemblymember Al Muratsuchi, enacts requirements for baby food manufacturers to test representative samples of the food they sell for arsenic, cadmium, lead, and mercury starting on Jan. 1, 2024.

“This law fills two critical gaps in FDA’s efforts to reduce children’s dietary exposure to cadmium, lead, mercury, and inorganic arsenic to as low as possible while maintaining access to nutritious foods,” said Tom Neltner, Senior Director for Safer Chemicals at the Environmental Defense Fund. “FDA does not require final product testing or disclosure to consumers. By filling these gaps, California will provide parents and guardians with important information they need to compare products and make purchasing decisions. We applaud Assemblymember Muratsuchi’s leadership on this bill, and appreciate Governor Newsom signing it into law.”

The new law requires that after Jan. 1 of 2025, baby food manufacturers will be required to provide those test results to consumers on their websites.

“No one should have to worry about toxic metals in baby food,” said Scott Faber, the Environmental Working Group’s Senior Vice President of Government Affairs. “AB 899 will transform the baby food

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