Baby playing with bowl of rice cereal

Baby Food

  • Since HBBF released our arsenic in infant rice cereal report, Happy Baby and Gerber no longer sell brown rice infant cereal, the highest source of arsenic exposure to babies. Beechnut’s new website features cereals made out of low-arsenic grain alternatives.

  • Oregon and Hawaii no longer distribute infant rice cereal to families in their Women, Infants, and Children program, protecting about half of all families state-wide.

  • FDA finalized new limits for arsenic in infant rice cereal and released plans for their Closer to Zero initiative. 

  • We were part of forming the Baby Food Council, comprised of leading baby food companies, and for three years worked to reduce toxic heavy metals levels in baby food.

  • Educated parents through stories in 2,000 news outlets covering HBBF’s studies on toxic chemicals in baby food.

  • Obtained over 115,000 signatures to a petition pressuring Gerber to eliminate arsenic from their infant rice cereals.

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Bright Cities

  • Salt Lake City’s parks are going pesticide and herbicide free and 157 Salt Lake City residents have pledged to eliminate pesticides at home and educate their neighbors about the harmful effects of these chemicals.

  • Southwest Detroit Environmental Vision, HBBF’s partner in Dearborn, is continuing its work with the cities of Dearborn and Detroit on air quality, which has already eliminated an average of 5,500 tons of diesel emissions annually.

  • HBBF collaborated with Salt Lake City on a food study that resulted in a microgrant program, which provided funding to 8 local farmer partners to help increase access to fresh fruit and vegetables.

  • Minneapolis helped 63 rental properties become smokefree, with more to come.

  • HBBF and our partner in Seattle, Toxic Free Future, are working to increase childhood blood lead testing, change out flame retardant-laden nap mats in daycares, strengthen investment in safer alternatives to toxic products and boost stakeholder coordination.


Lead in Water

  • More than 800 families have tested for lead in their water or home and received personalized steps to reduce their children’s exposures using HBBF’s test kits, available through our VIDA online tool and our Lead in Water testing program.

  • In 2020, HBBF released an important new study that revealed far more lead in tap water than is safe for babies. In fact, no levels of lead are considered safe. In fact, 79% of homes tested have detectable levels of lead in tap water.

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Through our work as part of the Coalition for Safer Food Processing and Packaging, HBBF:

  • Raised industry and consumer awareness of toxic phthalates through a national media campaign centered around the July 2017 release of test results showing phthalates in mac n’ cheese samples.

  • Obtained more than 100,000 petition signatures pressuring Kraft Heinz to eliminate phthalates from their food products.

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Flame Retardants

  • Our coalition has successfully promoted new policies restricting the use of toxic flame retardants in 13 states.

  • 18 major retailers such as IKEA, Target and Walmart have pledged to eliminate toxic flame retardants in furniture they sell. 72 brands have made similar pledges. 

  • Other retailers such as Best Buy and Buy Buy Baby have committed to eliminate some toxic flame retardants in electronics and children’s products, respectively.

  • We secured global elimination of two of the most toxic flame retardants via an international treaty focused on banning persistent organic pollutants.