Schumer calls for federal probe of contaminated baby food

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NEW YORK CITY, N.Y. (AP) — Senator Chuck Schumer is calling on the Food and Drug Administration to examine a report that found dozens of baby food products contaminated with lead and other metals.

On Sunday, Schumer said the FDA must take more action to regulate the baby food industry.

A study by Healthy Babies Bright Futures found the presence of heavy metals in 95 percent of the 168 baby foods that were tested.

The study found 95 percent of the food tested contained lead, arsenic, mercury or cadmium. It found one in four baby foods that were tested contained all four metals.

Schumer said consumers “rightfully expect those foods to be undeniably safe, appropriately regulated and nutritiously sustaining.”

He said federal regulators should examine the study and release a public statement of their findings.

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