The U.S. House of Representatives report titled, "Baby Foods Are Tainted with Dangerous Levels of Arsenic, Lead, Cadmium, and Mercury" states that baby foods and baby juices can contain lead and other toxic heavy metals. Toxic heavy metals including lead are in the environment. Heavy metals can get into food, including crops, through air, water, and soil. Heavy metals cannot be completely avoided with organic farming methods. Heavy metals can also get into food through processing. Because fruits, vegetables, grains, and spices can contain toxic metals, these metals can also be found in both packaged and homemade food. Because lead exposure is cumulative, it is important to reduce lead exposure from all sources.
You don't have to stop feeding your infant prepared baby food but do:
Switch to rice-free foods, like oatmeal, quinoa, multi-grain cereal, polenta, farro.
To help with teething pain, try frozen banana slices, cold peeled cucumber, or a clean cold wet washcloth or spoon (watch for choking).
 The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends breastmilk or formula for the first year of life.
The Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Branch is developing educational resources for families and health care providers in response to the U.S. House of Representatives report. This page will be updated as additional information and resources become available.