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New report shows toxic heavy metals are lurking in food. Here’s what companies can do about it.

Source: EDF (August 16, 2022)

Last week, Healthy Babies Bright Futures (HBBF) released a report investigating heavy metals levels in rice, cereals, juices, and other common foods. It found no evidence that homemade baby food has lower heavy metal levels than store-bought brands. In fact, heavy metal levels varied widely by food type, not by how it was made. And, nearly all food samples we tested contained detectable amounts of toxic heavy metals: 94% of store-bought baby food and 94% of homemade purees and family brand foods.

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Tara Flour: A Reminder of the Real-Life Consequences of Broken GRAS

Source: EDF (August 10, 2022)

In the spring, folks who ordered from a company that sells pre-assembled smoothies and other frozen foods for home delivery, started getting sick—really sick—after consuming an item called “French Lentil and Leek Crumbles” (Crumbles). Daily Harvest, the manufacturer, recalled the product on June 17. A month later, Daily Harvest said it had ruled out various food-borne pathogens, mycotoxins, heavy metals, and major allergens and had “identified tara flour as the cause of the issue.”

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Unleaded Juice: Getting Credible Lab Results is Essential

Source: EDF (August 2, 2022)

FDA’s move to establish action levels on lead in juice – and eventually other foods that young children eat or drink – is an important step forward. While we believe that the action levels need to be tougher, any action level has a limited value if labs that analyze samples for contamination provide results that buyers, regulators, or consumers cannot trust.

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A Lawsuit Claims Skittles Are Unfit for Consumption. Experts Weigh In.

Source: New York Times (July 26, 2022)

If you’ve been paying attention to nutrition headlines lately, you may have noticed a recent lawsuit that claimed that Skittles — the colorful candies of “taste the rainbow” fame — were “unfit for human consumption” because of the presence of a “known toxin” called titanium dioxide.

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