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Manufacturers Permit Heavy Metals in Baby Food Class Action

A recent US House of Representatives Subcommittee report has led to a rash of lawsuits against baby food makers, because it found heavy metals in samples of baby food. This class action brings suit against four of them—Hain Celestial Group, Inc., Gerber Products Company, Beech-Nut Nutrition Company, and Plum, PBC. It alleges their baby foods are, to quote from the report, “tainted with significant levels of toxic heavy metals, including arsenic, lead, cadmium, and mercury[.]”

The Nationwide Class for this action is all persons who bought one or more Hain, Gerber, Beech-Nut, or Plum baby food product containing heavy metals, in the US, for personal or household use, between the start of the applicable statute of limitations period through the date of the certification of the class in this case.

Texas, Connecticut, Missouri, Louisiana, and Tennessee Subclasses have been defined for those living in those states.

The World Health Organization (WHO) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) have said that these substances are dangerous for human beings, particularly to vulnerable babies and children.

The House Subcommittee report was preceded by another report of October 2019, put out by Health Babies Bright Futures (HBBF), a group of nonprofit organizations. The complaint claims, “The HBBF Report found that 95% of the 168 baby foods products tested were contaminated with one or more toxic heavy metals, including arsenic, lead, cadmium, and/or mercury… All but 9 products contained at least one metal, and 26% of the baby foods tested contained all four of the Heavy Metals.”

The four heavy metals are neurotoxins. The complaint quotes from the report to say, “The Heavy Metals ‘can harm a baby’s developing brain and nervous system’ and cause negative impacts such as ‘the permanent loss of intellectual capacity and behavioral problems like attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).’ Even trace amounts of these heavy metals can alter the developing brain and erode a child’s IQ.”

The complaint alleges, “According to the HBBF Report, research continues to confirm that exposure to food containing arsenic, lead, mercury, and cadmium poses ‘troubling risks for babies, including cancer and lifelong deficits in intelligence[.]”

Nurture, Inc., which makes Happy Family Organics, along with Gerber, Hain, and Beech-Nut, all cooperated with the Subcommittee, providing documentation on internal testing policies, test results, and information about what was done with food that did not meet internal limits. Sprout, Plum, and Walmart (Parent’s Choice), on the other hand, refused to cooperate and did not provide internal information or documentation.

The Subcommittee said it had “great concern that their lack of cooperation might be obscuring the presence of toxic heavy metals in their baby food products than their competitors’ products.”

The complaint alleges, “According to internal company documents and test results, and testing conducted by third parties, the commercial baby foods manufactured by all seven companies were tainted with significant levels of Heavy Metals…”

Article Type: Lawsuit
Topic: Consumer

Most Recent Case Event

Manufacturers Permit Heavy Metals in Baby Food Complaint

May 21, 2021

A recent US House of Representatives Subcommittee report has led to a rash of lawsuits against baby food makers, because it found heavy metals in samples of baby food. This class action brings suit against four of them—Hain Celestial Group, Inc., Gerber Products Company, Beech-Nut Nutrition Company, and Plum, PBC. It alleges their baby foods are, to quote from the report, “tainted with significant levels of toxic heavy metals, including arsenic, lead, cadmium, and mercury[.]”

Manufacturers Permit Heavy Metals in Baby Food Complaint

Case Event History

Manufacturers Permit Heavy Metals in Baby Food Complaint

May 21, 2021

A recent US House of Representatives Subcommittee report has led to a rash of lawsuits against baby food makers, because it found heavy metals in samples of baby food. This class action brings suit against four of them—Hain Celestial Group, Inc., Gerber Products Company, Beech-Nut Nutrition Company, and Plum, PBC. It alleges their baby foods are, to quote from the report, “tainted with significant levels of toxic heavy metals, including arsenic, lead, cadmium, and mercury[.]”

Manufacturers Permit Heavy Metals in Baby Food Complaint
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