Food Quality & Safety

It starts with the best fruits and vegetables…

There’s a lot of scary stuff out there in the environment. It’s in the soil, the water, the air—and even in some of the fruit and vegetables you buy at the store every day.

That’s why we take our responsibility of finding only the purest, cleanest fruits and vegetables out there, and adhering to rigorous quality standards, so seriously.

We’ve been testing our ingredients for heavy metals since 1985, and we’re aware of no higher standards in the industry than the ones we employ. Beech-Nut prides itself on constantly staying up to date with the latest developments in food for babies, and we look forward to working with the FDA and the USDA on science-based standards to continue to protect children everywhere. We also partner with farmers to help ensure that they understand, and can meet, the level of quality we require.

Going above and beyond the “standard”

Here’s an example that speaks to just how rigorous our approach is: the EPA, USDA and other government bodies have baseline standards for limits on pesticides and organic certification. Yet, our pesticide standards are even stricter than government requirements.

Our quality process doesn’t end there. Once farmers send us their very best fruits and vegetables, we test for up to 255 pesticides and heavy metals (like lead, cadmium, arsenic and other nasty stuff). Just like you would, we send the produce back if it’s not good enough.

Even in the case of our infant rice cereal, which is already below the proposed FDA limit for arsenic in rice cereals, we still test every, single lot to ensure it’s safe to consume.

The health and safety of your baby is at the heart of what we do

We know moms depend on our technology and commitment to help keep their children healthy and thriving. And, like you, we’ll settle for nothing less than gold standard.

Since we know you don’t have an Inductively Coupled Plasma–Mass Spectrometer or a Gas Chromatograph to conduct these food quality tests in your own kitchen, we conduct more than 20 rigorous tests on our delicious purées alone to ensure that the safety, quality and flavors are just right. That way, when our foods reach your baby’s high chair, you can feel confident you’re giving your baby the best.