Lake Success-based organic and natural foods maker Hain Celestial is one of several companies cited in a congressional report as having high levels of toxic metals in their baby food.
A congressional investigation found levels of arsenic, lead and other toxic metals that can harm brain development in many popular baby foods, including organic brands, according to the report released last week.
The Hain Celestial Group Inc. said the report is based on outdated information that does not reflect its current practices. The company’s brands include the Earth’s Best Organic line of food and other products for babies and older children.
Hain said it met with the FDA last year “to discuss how to better refine” its standards and practices. “Following the meeting, we took several steps to reduce the levels of heavy metals in our finished products – including no longer using brown rice in our products that