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CIFS-IPP Councils

The Baby Food Council

The Baby Food Council is a group of infant and toddler food companies, supported by key stakeholders, seeking to reduce heavy metals in the companies’ products to as low as reasonably achievable using best-in-class management practices. The Council was created in January 2019 in partnership with Cornell University and the Environmental Defense Fund.  All companies that source ingredients, manage the upstream supply chain, and nationally market foods for children six to 24 months of age in the United States are welcome to participate in the Council. Since its creation, Healthy Babies Bright Futures has joined the Council as a member and the American Academy of Pediatrics, the Food and Drug Administration and the U.S. Department of Agriculture have agreed to serve as technical advisors to the effort.  For more information, contact Randy Worobo of Cornell University at

The Baby Food Council’s members are Cornell University, Beech-Nut Nutrition Company, The Hain Celestial Group (Earth’s Best), Gerber Products Company, Danone (Happy Family Organics), Environmental Defense Fund, and Heathy Babies Bright Futures. Technical advisors are the American Academy of Pediatrics, the Food and Drug Administration, the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets, and U.S. Department of Agriculture.