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Beech-Nut Baby Food Heavy Metal Content Class Action

A recent report from a US House of Representatives Subcommittee on Economic and Consumer Policy, Committee on Oversight and Reform has created a stir among parents of infants, because it alleges that major makers of baby food have permitted heavy metals in their products. The complaint for this class action bring suit against Beech-Nut Nutrition Company, alleging that arsenic, lead, and cadmium have been found in its baby food.

The class for this action is all consumers who bought the products anywhere in the US during the applicable statute of limitations. A New York subclass has also been proposed.

The products at issue include the Beech-Nut Naturals, Beech-Nut Fruities, Beech-Nut Yogurt Melties, Beech-Nut Veggies, Beech-Nut, and Beech-Nut Organics product lines. For a more detailed list, see pages 2-6 of the complaint linked below.

The Subcommittee conducted an investigation of the seven largest baby food manufacturers in the US, including Beech-Nut. The report states that the investigation was undertaken because of “reports alleging high levels of toxic heavy metals in baby foods” and awareness that “[e]ven low levels of exposure can cause serious and often irreversible damage to brain development.”

After the investigation, the report stated that “[i]nternal company standards permit dangerously high levels of toxic heavy metals and … that the manufacturers have often sold foods that exceeded these levels.” (A copy of the report was attached to the complaint as originally filed as Exhibit 1.)

For example, on the subject of lead, the complaint alleges, “The Subcommittee’s investigation has found that baby food manufacturers are selling baby food with higher levels of lead than what is allowed by existing standards for water, juice, and candy.”

On the subject of arsenic, the complaint claims that Beech-Nut “did not test its finished products, only its ingredients.” Even so, the complaint claims that Beech-Nut “used ingredients in its baby foods with as much as 913.4 ppb arsenic…. [Beech-Nut] unnecessarily uses high-arsenic additives to address issues like ‘crumb softness.’”

The complaint makes allegations about excessive cadmium as well and claims Beech-Nut did not even test for mercury.

The complaint claims that Beech-Nut’s “standard far surpasses any existing regulatory standard in existence and toxic heavy metal levels for any other baby food manufacturer that responded to the Subcommittee’s inquiry.”

In its conclusion, the report said, “These toxic heavy metals pose serious health risks to babies and toddlers. Manufacturers knowingly sell these products to unsuspecting caregivers, in spite of internal company standards and test results, and without any warning labeling whatsoever.”

Among the counts are breaches of warranties and fraudulent concealment.

Article Type: Lawsuit
Topic: Consumer

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Beech-Nut Baby Food Heavy Metal Content Complaint

A recent report from a US House of Representatives Subcommittee on Economic and Consumer Policy, Committee on Oversight and Reform has created a stir among parents of infants, because it alleges that major makers of baby food have permitted heavy metals in their products. The complaint for this class action bring suit against Beech-Nut Nutrition Company, alleging that arsenic, lead, and cadmium have been found in its baby food.

Beech-Nut Baby Food Heavy Metal Content Complaint

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Beech-Nut Baby Food Heavy Metal Content Complaint

A recent report from a US House of Representatives Subcommittee on Economic and Consumer Policy, Committee on Oversight and Reform has created a stir among parents of infants, because it alleges that major makers of baby food have permitted heavy metals in their products. The complaint for this class action bring suit against Beech-Nut Nutrition Company, alleging that arsenic, lead, and cadmium have been found in its baby food.

Beech-Nut Baby Food Heavy Metal Content Complaint
Tags: Contaminated with Harmful Substances, Deceptive Advertising, Deceptive Labels, Food Contamination, Heavy Metals