Trial Begins over Baby Food Lead Warning

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- A lawsuit scheduled for trial will determine whether makers of some baby foods and fruit juices that contain low amounts of lead should be forced to put warning labels on their products sold in California.

The suit filed by the Environmental Law Foundation in Oakland claims Gerber, Del Monte Foods and many other makers of baby foods and juices are selling products containing lead at levels that require warning labels under California's Proposition 65.

The food companies say the U.S. Food and Drug Administration tested the products, and decided lead levels were below the standards that require a warning.

Both sides in the case agree on one fact: baby foods containing carrots, peaches, pears and sweet potatoes have some lead.

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