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.
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 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.
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:
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.
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.
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