Congressional report finds toxic metals in baby food brands

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The Hain Celestial Group Inc. said the report is based on outdated information that does not reflect its current practices.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

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Pandemic Has More Families Finding Themselves In Need Of Food For The First Time

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – As the economy continues to struggle, the hunger crisis grows for millions of families, with many finding themselves in need for the first time.

Plenty of organizations are stepping in to help.

As CBS2’s Dick Brennan reports, on the Lower East Side, the need for food has become urgent, and organizations are pooling their resources to distribute it as quickly as they can.

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“Volunteers, resources, food trucks, forklifts. Whatever is needed so we can get the job done,” one person said.


A study by Feeding America estimates that, nationwide, some 50 million Americans, including 17 million children, may experience food insecurity.

People who cam to Our Lady of Good Counsel Church on the East Side were given two boxes of food.

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Best healthy meal delivery services for 2021

The COVID-19 pandemic has reminded us of the immediate and lasting benefits of solid nutrition and keeping to a well-balanced diet. Those benefits are key as cold and flu season takes flight. If you’re looking for ways to zero in on cleaner eating habits this year, a meal kit company can help you eat better and learn to cook nutritious food at home, whether or not you’re making an official resolution to have a health reset.

As you’ll see from a quick glance, just about every meal kit company claims to be a “healthy” meal kit company. Slick marketing lingo and glossy images help argue the case, but some meal kit services are leaps and bounds ahead of others when it comes to the quality of ingredients, nutrition and overall healthiness. Nearly all of the meal kits I tested offer healthy meal delivery services week-to-week and provide nutritional information.

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Petco poised for growth after business shift to pet wellness from pet food

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Petco Health & Wellness Co. has shifted its business away from bricks-and-mortar pet food retail and is now once again a publicly traded company poised for growth.

“The company is in the midst of a transformation under new CEO Ron Coughlin, developing a fully-integrated comprehensive pet care ecosystem to serve the 50% of pet parents who prefer a one-stop experience that cannot be matched by online-only competitors,” wrote Wedbush analysts led by Seth Basham.

Wedbush notes that Petco was a private company for 14 years before trading began last month.

Moreover, Petco has gone public after a surge of pet ownership during COVID-19, with adoptions increasing 4% in 2020, analysts say.

Read: Petco CEO highlights the resiliency of the pet industry as COVID-19 drives increase in adoption

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