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Happy Family Organics Contaminated Baby Food Class Action

A report from a House of Representatives Subcommittee on Economic and Consumer Policy, Committee on Oversight and Reform has stirred up a storm about heavy metals in baby food. This class action brings suit against Nurture, Inc., alleging that the company’s baby foods contain arsenic, cadmium, lead, and mercury.

The class for this action is all persons who, between February 10, 2015 and the present, bought the Contaminated Baby Foods for household or business use and not for resale. The complaint also proposes a Minnesota Subclass for citizens of that state.

The Subcommittee investigated the seven largest makers of baby foods in the US, based on the fact that “[e]ven low levels of exposure [to heavy metals] can cause serious and often irreversible damage to brain development.”

Consumers these days prefer foods that are “natural,” have high-quality ingredients, and do not contain synthetics, chemicals, or toxins. This concern is only stronger when it comes to feeding babies. Nurture offers Happy Family Organics products under the Happy Baby, Happy Tot, and Happy Kid brands.

The products at issue include the following:

  • Happy Baby, Happy Tot, and Happy Kid pouches
  • Happy Baby and Happy Tot snacks
  • Happy Baby jars
  • Happy Tot mealtime products
  • Happy Baby infant formula
  • Happy Tot and Happy Kid bars
  • Happy Baby cereal
  • Happy Tot bowls

The complaint alleges that Nurture’s “wrongful Marketing, which includes misleading, deceptive, unfair, and false Marketing and omissions, allowed it to capitalize on, and reap enormous profits from, consumers who paid the purchase price or a price premium for Contaminated Baby Food that was not sold as advertised.”

As part of its investigation, the Subcommittee asked for internal documents and test results from the seven companies. Nurture was one of them.

Among the findings was that “[i]nternal company standards permit dangerously high levels of toxic heavy metals,” above the limits set by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and other groups. Also, when the baby food makers were allowed to self-regulate, the report claimed, they would even violate their own already-high standards.

Nurture calls its standards “goal thresholds,” the complaint alleges; the complaint says the “thresholds” are “essentially meaningless” because, as the report says, they “are not used to make product disposition decisions and are not a pre-condition to product release.” In fact, the report said that Nurture “sold all products tested, regardless of how much toxic heavy metal the baby food contained.”

The report stated, “By company policy [then], Nurture’s toxic heavy metal testing is not intended for consumer safety” but is “limited to monitoring the supply chain. Nurture’s thresholds are not actually used to prevent products that contain high levels of toxic heavy metals from being sold.”

Given that, the complaint claims it is not surprising that, as the report found, “Nurture released products containing as much as 641 ppb lead and 180 ppb inorganic arsenic.”

Article Type: Lawsuit
Topic: Consumer

Most Recent Case Event

Happy Family Organics Contaminated Baby Food Complaint

February 19, 2021

A report from a House of Representatives Subcommittee on Economic and Consumer Policy, Committee on Oversight and Reform has stirred up a storm about heavy metals in baby food. This class action brings suit against Nurture, Inc., alleging that the company’s baby foods contain arsenic, cadmium, lead, and mercury.

Happy Family Organics Contaminated Baby Food Complaint

Case Event History

Happy Family Organics Contaminated Baby Food Complaint

February 19, 2021

A report from a House of Representatives Subcommittee on Economic and Consumer Policy, Committee on Oversight and Reform has stirred up a storm about heavy metals in baby food. This class action brings suit against Nurture, Inc., alleging that the company’s baby foods contain arsenic, cadmium, lead, and mercury.

Happy Family Organics Contaminated Baby Food Complaint
Tags: Contaminated with Harmful Substances, Deceptive Advertising, Deceptive Labels, Food Contamination, Heavy Metals