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Quality & Safety FAQs

Quality & Safety FAQs

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Updated February 2023

What does Gerber have to say about heavy metals in baby foods?

Gerber baby foods are safe and healthy for your baby and comply with all FDA requirements. Our standards are among some of the strictest in the world. Metals are naturally found in soil and water and can become part of fruits, vegetables, and grains as they grow. This is true whether you grow them in your own garden, use only organic, or buy them packaged in the grocery store. Gerber takes many steps to keep levels as low as possible - starting with how our trusted farmers grow our crops.

What is Gerber's response to the FDA's Closer to Zero Action Plan?

We strongly support the FDA Closer to Zero Action Plan and welcome the opportunity to work collaboratively with the FDA and other stakeholders to advance this important effort to continue to reduce the levels of heavy metals in infant and toddler foods. Strong standards are good for babies, parents and our industry.

How safe are Gerber baby foods?

Gerber baby foods are absolutely safe and healthy for your baby. 100% of our foods meet all FDA safety requirements and our own strict standards. We developed these standards based on the very latest health and safety guidance from organizations like Food and Drug Administration, Environmental Protection Agency, the European Food Safety Authority and the World Health Organization. In fact, we have among the strictest standards in the world. Nutrition experts recommend feeding a variety of nutrient dense foods like fruit, vegetables and whole grains starting around 6 months of age. This is the best way to lower risk of heavy metals in your baby's diet.

How does Gerber check and test for safety?

Gerber foods must pass more than 100 individual quality checks before they can be sold. These checks occur at 5 different stages &em; from growing through cooking and jarring. On top of that, Gerber follows an annual testing plan featuring regular safety tests of finished products. This well-established approach can give parents an extra boost of confidence. If foods don't pass our quality and safety checks, we don't sell them.

What is the truth about heavy metals in foods?

Heavy metals are naturally found in soil and water. Fruits, vegetables, and grains can absorb these elements from soil and water as they grow. This is true whether you grow foods in your own garden, buy organic at a farmer's market, or buy packaged foods at the grocery store. Gerber farmers reduce the presence of these naturally found elements by: using best in class practices like soil testing, rotating crops, and choosing peak harvest times. This ensures crops are safe, tasty, and nutritious. Recent media reports may create the false impression that Gerber intentionally adds contaminants to our foods. This is simply not true.

Is it safer to make my own baby food?

The safety of baby food whether made at home or bought in the store depends upon what's in the ingredients, how they're cooked, and how it's stored. Fruits, vegetables, and grains can absorb heavy metals from soil and water as they grow. This is true whether you grow foods in your own garden, buy organic at a farmer's market, or buy packaged foods at the grocery store. At Gerber, our farmers are using best in class practices to ensure quality ingredients and minimize the presence of any heavy metals. Nutrition experts recommend feeding a variety of nutrient dense foods like fruit, vegetables and whole grains starting around 6 months of age. This is the best way to lower risk of heavy metals in your baby's diet.

Why should I trust Gerber?

For more than 90 years, baby food has been our only business. We've safely fed Gerber baby foods to millions of babies, including our own. Founded by a mom with sky-high standards like yours, we've always promised to never settle for anything less than the most nutritious, delicious, and safe food for your baby. As parents and grandparents, we feed Gerber foods to our little ones every day. Our success depends on your trust in us to nourish your little one, because the truth is you would do anything for your baby, and so would we.