February 4, 2021
Hi Parents and Caregivers,
You may have seen media coverage today surrounding a report from the U.S. House Committee on Oversight and Reform regarding the safety of baby foods. The report features information about elements that naturally occur in soil and water in which crops are grown.
At Gerber, we live by our mission: anything for baby. We are constantly striving to achieve the lowest levels of these elements possible in our foods. With our goal to eliminate their presence, we take important steps such as carefully choosing the locations of our crops, conducting soil testing as well as the testing of produce, water and other ingredients. Parents and caregivers can be confident that the Gerber foods and beverages you feed your little ones are high-quality and safe.
All of our foods meet our safety and quality standards, which are among the strictest in not just the U.S., but the world. We thoroughly oversee all levels of the growing and the production process. Where government standards don’t currently exist, we develop our own high standards by evaluating the latest food safety guidance.
- Our standards are based on guidance from sources like the Food and Drug Administration, Environmental Protection Agency, the European Food Safety Authority and the World Health Organization.
- We regularly test our ingredients, randomly test finished foods and beverages and work closely with our suppliers and growers to achieve very high quality. And we make sure all our ingredients, foods and beverages are kept safe and wholesome on their journey from our kitchens to the store shelf.
- All our testing is conducted by in-house, ISO-accredited labs, meaning they follow international standards for analytical reliability. Our labs go even further, attending industry roundtables and partnering with other outside labs to refine methods, all to ensure we are always striving to use the most current methods.
The health and safety of little ones is our highest priority, which is why we never compromise on the quality of our foods and beverages.
We remain fully committed to being industry leaders in safe, quality nutrition for babies. As part of our dedication, we will continue to set – and follow – strict standards for the safety and quality of our foods.
Your Gerber Family