The Environmental Law Foundation of Oakland, California, has filed a lawsuit
in an attempt to prompt more than two dozen baby food manufacturers to
print warnings on their product labels alerting consumers to possible
The organization alleges that a number of baby foods, including carrots,
peaches, pears, and fruit juices, carry dangerous levels of lead. The
group has the grounds to prompt the manufacturers, which include such
baby food heavyweights as Beech-Nut, Del Monte Foods, and Kroger, to print
such warnings under California’s consumer-safety law, Proposition 65.
The manufacturers claim the lead is not at hazardous levels and that it
is found naturally in the environment. The Environmental Law Foundation,
however, begs to differ. Even the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
believes lead exposure is dangerous at any level.