Quality & Safety of Our Products
We are aware of the recent study by Healthy Babies Bright Futures, which sampled many baby foods for heavy metals. As a company run by parents who are proud to feed our children the products that we make every day, we take this topic very personally and seriously and can say with the utmost confidence that all of our products are safe for babies and toddlers to enjoy as part of a balanced diet. We pride ourselves on being at the forefront of implementing strict quality standards in providing clean, enlightened and nutritious offerings to babies. The safety, health and wellness of our little ones is, and has always been, an intrinsic part of our DNA.
Happy Family Organics is a founding member of the Baby Food Council that this report references and shares the goal of reducing levels of heavy metals in food products to as low as reasonably achievable using best-in-class management techniques. We have partnered with Healthy Baby Bright Futures and other concerned stakeholders, including Environmental Defense Fund and Cornell University, in this shared goal.
Additionally, our proprietary Quality and Food Safety program is designed to ensure that all our products are safe for every baby and toddler. We have strict, self-imposed quality standards and conduct proactive testing of our products, which have always proven them to be safe for consumption. It is important to note that trace amounts of contaminants such as heavy metals like arsenic and lead can often be found naturally in the environment, including in water and soil; so it is possible that small amounts can be present in some grains, fruits and vegetables.
To limit the presence of these trace amounts in the products we manufacture, we source high-quality, organic produce from trusted suppliers and farmers. Additionally, since hearty ingredients like brown rice, root vegetables and dark, leafy greens pull their nutrients from the soil and water in which they are grown, they can also contain trace minerals that are naturally present in the ground where they are grown. We are working to balance that reality of nature with our commitment to maximum nutrient density in each and every recipe that we produce. Managing exposure to these naturally occurring substances is incredibly important to us.
More information on our standards
Our company was founded and built on the principle that every baby and child should be brought up in an environment free of harmful toxins. Managing contaminant exposure is at the heart of our business and is embedded into everything that we do:
- We are committed to being always organic. Our foods are certified to be made using practices that do not include potentially harmful pesticides and antibiotics. We have always been committed to using organic and non-GMO ingredients and strive to implement practices and standards that go beyond what is required by industry standards.
- We have developed a proprietary Quality and Food Safety program designed to ensure that all of our products are safe for every baby and toddler. We are proud to have best-in-class testing protocols in our industry.
- We have a culture of constant improvement and despite our strict, self-imposed quality standards and proactive testing, we know that we cannot completely control every aspect of the environment. However, that does not stop us from searching for ways to always improve our products. As always, we are willing and eager to find any opportunity to improve our products and look to data-based guidance to help us do so.
- We thoughtfully source high-quality, clean organic ingredients and packaging from trusted farmers and suppliers, which reduces the risk of heavy metals.
- We are committed to offering nutritious yet, safe recipes with ingredients that are nutrient dense and mindfully formulated.
- We specifically source packaging made without BPA.
We want to help make you feel comfortable and welcome any questions or comments by calling us at 1-855-64-HAPPY or emailing us at email@example.com.
Answers to some additional questions you might have
What are some additional resources you can access to help limit exposure to harmful toxins in your child’s environment?
As a company, we believe that toxin exposure is something parents must actively control in a baby’s entire environment. We do our part from a food safety perspective and by sharing pertinent information on ways to protect developing children on our Resources Center. We also have great partners who provide incredibly useful (and free!) information:
- The Neurological Health Foundation (which our Founder and ChairMom, Shazi Visram, is on the board of) has published the Healthy Child Guide (password: healthychild), which educates and empowers parents in support of healthy children.
- The Environmental Working Group, another close partner of ours, which Shazi is also a board member of, has created several very helpful guides including The Dirty Dozen and The Clean Fifteen, a guide to pesticides in produce, and the Skin Deep Database, which evaluates almost 70,000 personal care products based on their safety.
How do trace contaminants get into food?
Trace amounts of contaminants such as heavy metals like arsenic, lead, cadmium and mercury, can often be found naturally in the environment, including water and soil. So it is possible that small amounts can be present in some fruits and vegetables. To limit the presence of these trace amounts in the products we manufacture, we only source high-quality, organic produce from trusted suppliers and farmers. We also audit and test our products to assure that the ingredients we’ve chosen meet our expectations as parents. As always, we continually strive to improve our products and welcome data-based guidance to do so.
How does this work with organic certification? I thought this was the strictest of standards?
To use the organic certification logo on our products, it means that a lot of attention has been paid to making sure the right practices are in place at every step in the supply chain, beginning with the seeds planted at each farm. These practices encourage environmental sustainability and help to prevent potentially harmful substances, like toxic persistent pesticides and antibiotics, from being introduced to our foods. However, many other contaminants still have the potential to find their way into all foods, including organic. That’s why it was important to us to build our proprietary Quality and Food Safety program that goes beyond organic, addressing several additional potential contaminants.
What is Happy Family Organics’ commitment to reducing these naturally occurring heavy metals from their products?
We are partners with Healthy Baby Bright Futures and the Environmental Defense Fund, along with other concerned stakeholders in a shared goal to reduce heavy metals in our products to levels as low as reasonably achievable using best-in-class management techniques. We are a founding member of the Baby Food Council, referenced in this report, that was formed in January 2019. As a group, our aim is to fill gaps in the research on contaminants in food and use the best knowledge and practices available to guide the industry to sustainably reduce heavy metal contamination and ultimately protect the health and wellness of the most vulnerable population. For more information on the Baby Food Council, please visit: babyfoodcouncil.org