Updated: Please see our additional response to the House Subcommittee inquiry here.
As parents who feed Plum to our own kids every day, we understand you may have questions about some of the news you’re reading. We’re here to address concerns as clearly, honestly and immediately as possible.
The House of Representatives Committee on Oversight and Reform recently released a report about heavy metals in baby and toddler food products, including Plum Organics.
Plum Organics has always and will always place the safety of our consumers, especially our youngest consumers, above all else. That is why we cooperated with the Committee’s baby food review. We responded quickly to their questions and never refused anything requested of us. We are surprised that the Committee would suggest that we were less than full partners in this mission. We welcomed the opportunity to work with the Committee in 2019—and continue to do so today.
We are confident in the safety and quality of our products. Our top priority is to serve children healthy, nutritious food made from the best ingredients. We want to assure you that Plum’s products are safe (and delicious) to eat! If we didn’t feel good about our products, we wouldn’t serve them to our children or yours.
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About Plum & Heavy Metals
Can you share your standards for measuring heavy metals?Today, in the United States, there is no federal standard on heavy metals in baby food. Plum stands ready to work with regulators on creating one. Given the lack of specific FDA guidance on baby food, Plum uses a combination of guidance from leading health and regulatory bodies to create a protocol for evaluating heavy metals in products.
Are there heavy metals in your food and are you able to remove heavy metals from your products?Heavy metals are present throughout the environment, including soil and water. Whether you are growing your own produce in your backyard, buying fresh produce from a farmer’s market or purchasing a product in the supermarket, these substances will be present in the food to some extent. Plum is committed to minimizing environmental contaminants including heavy metals within our products.
Are there heavy metals in Plum’s packaging? Can lead leach from your packaging?Our packaging is made of materials that meet all government standards and regulations for food contact. We want to assure you that Plum products are safe to eat and we are confident in the safety of our packaging. We are not aware of any lead leaching from our packaging.
What are the levels of heavy metals in your products?There will often be variability in the levels of heavy metals in ingredients and products. Any level detected in Plum’s are below those allowed by applicable government standards.
What is a Public Benefit Corporation?A Public Benefit Corporation, or simply Benefit Corporation, is a legal status administered by the state, like an LLC or C Corp. In contrast to more traditional corporate forms, Benefit Corporations can legally balance pecuniary interests of shareholders (profit) and their stated social or environmental mission. Plum reincorporated as a public benefit corporation in the state of Delaware on August 1, 2013. Instead of Plum, Inc, we’re now Plum, PBC.
What is Plum’s mission?Plum’s mission is to nourish little ones with the very best food from the very first bite.
What is The Full Effect?The Full Effect® is Plum’s program dedicated to nourishing little ones in need across America. We believe every child deserves the nutrients she needs to live into her full potential. To date, Plum has donated over twelve million organic snacks & meals to children in need. We work with three non-profit partners to reach communities across America, and have reached little ones in need internationally for disaster relief.
When was Plum founded?Plum was founded in 2007, when a small group of parents came together and reimagined the baby food category as we know it today. We introduced the first spouted baby food pouch, with a mission of inspiring a lifetime of healthy eating from the very first bite.
Why Did Plum Become a Public Benefit Corporation?At the core of what we do, Plum is committed to nourishing little ones with healthy, nutritious products. Through Plum’s program The Full Effect®, we are dedicated to tackling hunger and nourishing babies and toddlers in need across America. Becoming a benefit corporation further reinforced our values and social mission.
Are any of your products kosher?We offer a number of products that are certified kosher through the Orthodox Union. Most of these products display the “OU” symbol on the packaging. The following Plum® products are certified kosher through the Orthodox Union:
Premium Infant Formula
- Stage 1 Just® Mangos
- Stage 1 Just® Peaches
- Stage 1 Just® Prunes
- Stage 1 Mango & Quinoa
- Stage 1 Pear & Prune
- Stage 2 Apple Spinach & Avocado
- Stage 2 Beet, Apple, Strawberry & Chia
- Stage 2 Pumpkin, Banana, Papaya & Cardamom
- Stage 2 Apple Blackberry & Oat
- Stage 2 Mango, Carrot & Turmeric
- Stage 2 Pear, Sweet Potato & Red Bell Pepper
- Stage 2 Banana, Raspberry & Barley
- Stage 2 Apple, Raisin & Quinoa
- Stage 2 Pear, Purple Carrot & Blueberry
- Stage 2 Pear, Green Bean & Greek Yogurt
- Stage 2 Peach, Banana & Apricot
- Stage 2 Apple, Berry & Barley
- Stage 2 Pear, Spinach & Pea
- Stage 2 Mango, Sweet Potato, Apple & Millet
- Stage 2 Banana Zucchini & Amaranth
- Stage 2 Apple & Carrot
- Stage 2 Apple & Broccoli
- Stage 2 Pear & Mango
- Stage 2 Banana & Pumpkin
- Stage 2 Apple, Raspberry, Spinach & Greek Yogurt
- Stage 2 Sweet Potato, Apple & Corn
- Stage 2 Grow Well® DHA – Blueberry, Banana, Apple & Sunflower Seed Butter with Chia
- Stage 2 Eat Your Colors® – Yellow – Mango, Yellow Zucchini, Corn & Tumeric
- Stage 2 Eat Your Colors® – Orange – Peach, Pumpkin, Carrot & Cinnamon
- Stage 2 Eat Your Colors® – White – Apple, Cauliflower, Coconut Cream & Leeks
- Stage 2 Eat Your Colors® – Green – Pea, Kiwi, Pear & Avocado
- Stage 2 Apple, Spinach & Avocado
- Stage 2 Mango, Carrot & Coconut Cream
- Stage 2 Guava, Pear & Pumpkin
- Stage 2 Apple, Blackberry, Coconut Cream & Oat
- Super Puffs® Mango with Sweet Potato
- Super Puffs® Apple with Spinach
- Super Puffs® Blueberry with Purple Sweet Potato
- Super Puffs® Strawberry with Beet
Gentle Infant Formula
- Mighty 4® Strawberry, Banana, Kale, Greek Yogurt, Oat & Amaranth
- Mighty 4® Pumpkin, Carrot, Banana, Pomegranate, Greek Yogurt, Quinoa & Oat
- Mighty 4® Apple, Blackberry, Purple Carrot, Greek Yogurt, Oat & Quinoa
- Mighty 4® Banana, Kiwi, Spinach, Kale, Greek Yogurt, Barley & Oat
- Mighty 4® Sweet Potato, Carrot, Blueberry, Apple, Greek Yogurt, Millet & Oat
- Mighty 4® Guava, Pomegranate, Black Bean, Carrot & Oat
- Mighty 4® Cherry, Strawberry, Black Bean, Spinach & Oat
- Mighty 4® Cherry, Strawberry, Black Bean, Spinach & Oat
- Mighty 4® Sweet Potato, Banana & Passionfruit Greek Yogurt, & Oat
- Mighty 4® Mango & Pineapple, White Bean, Butternut Squash, Oat
- Mighty Veggie® Carrot, Pear, Pomegranate & Oat
- Mighty Veggie® Spinach, Parsnip, Grape & Amaranth
- Mighty Veggie® Zucchini, Apple, Watermelon & Barley
- Mighty Veggie® Sweet Potato, Apple, Banana, Carrot
- Mighty Veggie® Apple Carrot
- Mighty Veggie® Berry Beet
- Mighty Morning® Banana, Blueberry, Oat & Quinoa Mighty Protein & Fiber – Mango, Banana, White bean, Sunflower seed butter & Chia
- Mighty Nut Butter Bars™ Almond Butter
- Mighty Nut Butter Bars™ Peanut Butter
- Mighty Snack Bars™ Blueberry
- Mighty Snack Bars™ Strawberry
- Mighty Snack Bars™ Pumpkin Banana
- Mighty Morning® Bars Apple Cinnamon
- Mighty Morning® Bars Blueberry Lemon Teensy™ Snacks Peach
Mighty Protein & Fiber – Banana, White bean, Strawberry & Chia
Mighty Protein & Fiber – Pear, White bean, Blueberry, Date & Chia
Teensy™ Snacks Berry
- Mashups® Applesauce with Strawberry & Beet
- Mashups® Applesauce with Blueberry & Carrot
- Mashups® Applesauce with Carrot & Mango
- Mashups® Applesauce with Strawberry & Banana
- Mashups® Applesauce with Strawberry, Blackberry & Blueberry
- Smoothie Peach & Banana
- Smoothie Apple & Banana
- Jammy Sammy® Peanut Butter & Grape
- Jammy Sammy® Peanut Butter & Strawberry
- Jammy Sammy® Apple Cinnamon & Oatmeal
- Jammy Sammy® Blueberry & Oatmeal
- Pear, Sweet Potato, Spinach, Blueberry with Bean & Oat
Are your products Non-GMO?Plum products are always made without genetically modified ingredients. Plum is also a proud member of the Non-GMO Project with over 50 percent of our portfolio certified and the rest underway! Check out which products have the stamp here.
What does it mean to be USDA Certified Organic?Implemented in 2002, the USDA Organics certification system went through over a decade of development. For packaged foods, only products that contain at least 95% organically produced ingredients (the other 5% must come from an approved National Organic Program list) can use the seal on its packaging and must be made in facilities that are certified to meet strict USDA Organic guidelines. Certified by an independent third-party, all USDA Certified Organic products must show documentation that allows full traceability from the retailer shelves to the field where the organic ingredients were grown.
How much should my baby eat each day?Every baby’s needs are different and will depend primarily on their size and appetite. Developmental stages may also affect their appetite. For example, a growth spurt may mean they will want to eat greater quantities more often while teething may cause them to eat less and be pickier with food. Follow your baby’s lead on how much and when they want to eat.
How old does my little one have to be to enjoy your products?Plum Organics® Grow Well® Organic Infant Formula is appropriate for healthy full term babies to 12 months of age.
Our Stage 1 products have the smoothest texture and are intended to help introduce your 4- to 6-month-old baby to solid foods. We always recommend consulting with your pediatrician to determine when your baby might be ready for solids.
Stage 2 and 3 products are for babies age 6 months and up and are slightly thicker in texture and consistency than our Stage 1 products.
In contrast, our Baby snacks (Little Teethers® and Super Puffs®) are not recommended by age, but by developmental milestones, which can be found on the outer packaging.
Our Mighty pouches,Teensy™ Snacks, Mighty Snack Bars™, Mighty Morning® Bars, and Mighty Dinos™ are from our Plum® Tots product line, and are for babies and toddlers 12 months and older. We also include some developmental milestones on the outer packaging of our Tots snack products, which may be helpful in determining whether your little one is ready to enjoy them.
Plum Organics® kids products are designed for snacking at home, taking on-the-go, or packing in a lunchbox. Mashups® applesauce is a great snack for kids ages 2 and up, and Jammy Sammy® snacks are geared towards school aged kids 4 and up.
Our Super Smoothies are intended for babies as young as 6 months and can be enjoyed by kids and adults alike!
You can find tons of great tips and recommendations for feeding your little one on the Plum Resource Center.
What if my baby won’t eat something should I keep giving it to him/her?Pushing food away or spitting it out is natural part of baby’s exploration of food. Continue trying the food in daily intervals so long as it is not causing your child to be unwell or have an allergic reaction. In most cases your child will adapt to the taste and texture within this period and accept the food. It can sometimes take several weeks for a baby to accept a food. Research has shown that introducing as many different foods to your baby as early as possible, makes for less picky eaters later in life.
Ingredients, Cooking, & Allergies
Are herbs and spices safe for my baby?Spices can be traced to the start of civilizations around the world, and have been added to baby food in different countries for generations. We thoroughly research the attributes of the herbs and spices in our baby food, such as sage and tarragon, and have worked closely with leading pediatric advisor and nutrition expert, Dr. Alan Greene throughout our product development. Also, we only add a hint of each herb or spice in our baby products since baby’s brand-new taste buds need a much smaller amount.
Are purees pasteurized?Our pouch products are either pasteurized or thermally processed to ensure product safety and shelf stability.
Can you share your ingredient standards?Our standards are in-line with applicable U.S. government regulations and EU standards.
Does Plum regularly test all of its products?Plum has a comprehensive quality and food safety program that encompasses an ingredient testing program for new suppliers which includes testing for heavy metals
How does Plum label the “Big 8” allergens?Plum follows all government regulations regarding the labeling of our products. In the case of the “Big 8” allergens (peanuts, tree nuts, dairy, eggs, fish, wheat, soy and shellfish), we list those ingredients in the product ingredient statement, no matter how small the amount might be. In addition, a bolded “Contains” statement will be listed under the ingredients. In the event that there is a possibility of cross-contamination with a “Big 8” allergen, a bolded “May Contain” statement will be listed. In regards to possible cross contact between products, we use an extensive and effective sanitation procedure in between different processing operations, and efforts are made to prevent any possible cross contact to the greatest practical extent.
Is Plum’s food safe to eat?Absolutely! As parents ourselves, health and safety are always our top priorities. If we didn’t feel good about our products, we wouldn’t serve them to our children or yours.
What is the ratio of fruit to vegetables in your stage 2 pouch?The ratio of fruits to veggies varies depending on flavor. They can be anywhere from a half to full serving per pouch. All our pouches have added an easy to read recipe to show you what goes into every pouch. We also recommend consuming a variety of pouches for a good range of color, nutrients, and tastes. And we always recommend incorporating local, seasonal varieties of veggies and fruit as soon as baby moves onto more textured meals or whenever your lifestyle permits.
Where do you source your ingredients from?We always prioritize sourcing domestically when possible. However, many of our ingredients naturally grow in regions outside the US, such as tropical ingredients like mangoes and guavas. And, due to seasonality, we will sometimes source ingredients like apples from other regions to ensure we have the freshest available.
Why does Plum choose ingredient testing?We believe ingredient testing allows for better control of the entire product and gets us ahead of any potential issues before it makes its way into a product. It’s just like when you make a recipe at home – you want to know everything that’s going into the recipe.
Where are your products manufactured?The majority of our manufacturing takes place in the US and Canada with the exception of a few products that are made in Western Europe. For example, our Little Yums® teething wafers are made in Italy.
Are the cartons recyclable?Our carton and boxes are made with 100% recycled content and can be placed in your recycling bin. (Yay!)
Are the Super Puffs® canisters recyclable?Our puffs canister is recyclable. Simply remove the outer sleeve and keep the lid attached before placing the canister in your recycling bin. (Feels good, right?)
Are the wrappers and cartons for your snacks recyclable?Our wrappers are not yet recyclable, but we’re working on it! Our team is dedicated to finding alternative earth-friendly materials that can be used for food-grade products — like compostable food wrappers — and have partnered with industry leaders, such as MRFF and OSC2, to find new ways to minimize food packaging waste.
Our carton and boxes are made with 100% recycled content and can be placed in your recycling bin. (Yay!)
Are your pouches recyclable?Our pouch is not recyclable, but it does leave a smaller environmental footprint than the glass baby food jar. The amount of packaging per gram of food is almost 11 times smaller for the pouch as compared to the glass jar.
We’re also actively searching for alternative earth-friendly materials that can be used for food-grade products. We’ve even partnered with industry leaders, such as Materials Recovery for the Future and OSC2, to find new types of recyclable materials.
The cap is too small to go through the regular recycling system. Collect your caps and send them back to Preserve or drop them off at the nearest Preserve bin (find a location here).
Better yet, check out some creative ways to reuse our caps.
Why sustainable packaging?As a Public Benefit Corporation, we believe in using business as a force for good. That means considering the greater impact of everything we do — like the effect our food packaging has on the environment.
Our dream is to have all of Plum’s packaging be 100% recyclable. It’s something we’re working on every day. In the meantime, we’ve joined How2Recycle — a labeling system that makes it easier to sort our waste and recyclables. Proper sorting helps keep contaminates out of the recycling stream, making the process far more effective and efficient.
Can I travel with your pouches?Our pouches are designed to withstand a normal pressurized airplane environment, and are indeed safe for air travel. In fact, one of the things that our customers love so much about our pouches is that they’re so convenient and easy to travel with! If you’re still concerned, it won’t hurt to put the pouches in a zip-lock bag. The TSA does allow baby food to pass through the security checkpoint, so long as you inform the Transportation Security Officer that you are carrying baby food at the beginning of the screening process. Baby food products may be subjected to additional screening that could include being asked to open the container.
How do I know if I have a defective pouch?Our pouches have a tamper evident seal that clicks during opening, keeping the product fresh. Our pouch food is cooked, and utilize a specific blend of ingredients and balanced acidity levels to ensure product safety. However, in rare instances a pouch may become compromised. Be sure to always check that the pouch is not leaking or bloated before giving it to a child, as it signifies a quality issue. If you notice that the pouch packaging has been compromised in any way, such as a bloating, or a tear or puncture, we do not advise or recommend that you feed the product to your little one.
How long are products good for after opening?For optimal quality and freshness, we do recommend that you refrigerate any open pouch that’s not yet empty, and consume the contents within 24 hours.
How should I serve and store the baby food pouches?Plum® baby food pouches can be served at room temperature, slightly chilled, or warmed in a bowl of hot water. DO NOT microwave pouch. To serve, simply twist off the cap and let your little one feed directly from the spout, or squeeze into a bowl or onto a spoon for your little one to enjoy! The pouches can be stored in your cupboard until ready for use. Refrigeration is required upon opening and we recommend the meal should be consumed within 24 hours for best quality and taste.
What is the pouch made of?Our pouches are made from safe materials. They are a mix of 100% BPA & phthalate free plastic and foil – a special blend that helps to naturally preserve the nutrients and retain the vibrant color & taste. The inner lining is made from a food grade polyethylene.
Are your products available internationally?Unfortunately, our products are not currently available outside of the U.S.
Where can I purchase Plum Organics® products?Please check out our Store Locator to find a retailer near to you that sells Plum Organics products, as well as a list of our online retail partners.
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