Sen. Klobuchar pushing for baby food standards

Updated: March 05, 2021 09:46 PM
Created: March 05, 2021 08:28 PM

Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) is introducing a bill related to metal levels standards in baby food. 

A House subcommittee report found dangerously high levels of arsenic, lead, cadmium and mercury in some brands of baby food. 

"For a long time, the industry has been saying, 'Hey, trust us. We can police ourselves,'" Klobuchar said. 

The FDA announced Friday that they sent an industry letter "reminding manufacturers of these types of foods of their existing responsibilities." But Klobuchar feels standards need to be set in law and not subject to the whims of changing presidential administrations. 

"A lot of problems that are caused by metals in little kids, it doesn't show up, the problems, right away," she said. "It can affect their development, it can affect their brains." 

She and Sen. Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.) just introduced the bill. Klobuchar hopes to use her sway on the Commerce committee to push for a hearing. There is companion legislation being drawn up in the House. 

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