Reduce Toxics in Food and Water

America's food and water supplies are among the safest in the world. However, sometimes toxics can get into our food and water and make children sick.

Wash Fruits and Vegetables

Wash fruits and vegetables to remove dirt and chemical residues. Scrub produce that has a skin, like apples, with a brush or cloth.

Eat Fish Low in Mercury

Some fish have less mercury than others. Good choices are salmon, cod, flounder, trout, tilapia, and canned light tuna.

Let Tap Water Run

When water sits in water pipes, it may pick up lead and other metals. Flush pipes by running cold water until the water is noticeably colder.

Use Cold Water

Use only cold water for drinking, cooking, and making baby formula since hot water may contain higher levels of lead.

Test Private Well Water

If you own a private well, test your drinking water every year for coliform bacteria and nitrate. Consider testing for arsenic.