California judge: Some baby foods don't require lead warnings

ELF: Labels required Calif. Prop. 65

SAN FRANCISCO - A California judge has ruled that baby foods that have small amounts of lead do not need to carry warning labels.

Alameda County Superior Court Judge Steven Brick issued the tentative ruling this week in a lawsuit filed by an environmental group against Gerber, Smucker's Dole and more than a dozen other food manufacturers.

The San Francisco Chronicle reports that a final ruling is expected in the next few weeks ( ).

The Environmental Law Foundation said the labels were required under California's Proposition 65.

But Brick said the foods in question do not carry enough lead to require the warnings under California law.

Both sides agreed that baby foods containing carrots, peaches, pears and sweet potatoes have some lead. Grape juice and fruit cocktail were also covered by the suit.

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