Is there really lead in my baby’s food?

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The Environmental Defense Fund released a report documenting the presence of lead in several types of baby food, calling for manufacturers to voluntarily reduce the amount of lead in their food. Although none of the foods had lead levels that were above government limits, the authors of the report cited a recent statement from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) that said there is no amount of lead that is safe for children. Some parents may wonder whether they should ditch their favorite baby food.

Ask the parents whether they feel it may be feasible for them to make their own baby food. If so, advise them on how to do it safely, making sure they know which ingredients to avoid and how to properly store and reheat the food. If making their own baby ...