Plum Organics Baby Food Contains Heavy Metals Class Action

A US Congressional Subcommittee report on heavy metals in baby food has led to the filing of a number of class actions against the seven largest baby food makers in the US, claiming that they contain harmful levels of arsenic, lead, cadmium, and mercury. This class action brings suit against Plum, PBC and Plum, Inc., which does business as Plum Organics—not one of the seven examined for the report, but one of three which declined to cooperate with the Subcommittee.

The class for this action is all persons in the US who, between October 1, 2015 and the present, bought the Plum baby foods for household or business use, and not for resale. A Minnesota Subclass has also been defined, for citizens of Minnesota.

The report in question came from the US House of Representatives Subcommittee on Economic and Consumer Policy, Committee on Oversight and Reform, which undertook an investigation of baby food because of “reports of high levels of toxic heavy metals in baby foods[.]”

The products at issue in this case are the following:

  • Just Sweet Potato Organic Baby Food
  • Just Peaches Organic Baby Food
  • Just Prunes Organic Baby Food
  • Pumpkin Banana Papaya Cardamom
  • Apple, Raisin & Quinoa Organic Baby Food
  • Little Teethers Organic Multigrain Teething Wafers – Banana with Pumpkin
  • Mighty Morning Bar – Blueberry Lemon

After its investigation of the baby foods and internal documents of the seven companies that cooperated, the Subcommittee reported, “Internal company standards permit dangerously high levels of toxic heavy metals and … that the manufacturers have often sold foods that exceeded these levels.” The three non-cooperating companies, the report said, caused “great[] concern that their lack of cooperation might obscure the presence of even higher levels of toxic heavy metals in their baby food products, compared to their competitors’ products.” It added that “even limited independent testing has revealed the presence of toxic heavy metals” in Plum’s baby foods.

The complaint alleges that Plum claims its baby foods “are free of any heavy metals, perchlorate, and/or unnatural ingredients by making assurances that the foods are high-quality and safe for infant consumption.”

The complaint notes that when the Subcommittee requested that Plum provide its testing standards and specific results of test, it “instead produced a spreadsheet that ‘self-declared’ that every product met criteria for each of the Heavy Metals, while declining to state what the criteria were.”

Plum allegedly marked that each product “meets criteria” without stating what the criteria were. According to the complaint, “The Subcommittee found Plum’s ‘grading’ concerning and misleading as it ‘raises questions about what [Plum’s[ other thresholds actually are, and whether they exist.”

The complaint alleges that Plum’s baby foods do contain heavy metals and that Plum knows it: “Plum received notice of the contaminants in their baby food products, including the Baby Foods, through the Healthy Babies Bright Futures nonprofit organization, which found levels of heavy metals and perchlorate in their baby food products.”

Article Type: Lawsuit
Topic: Consumer

Most Recent Case Event

Plum Organics Baby Food Contains Heavy Metals Complaint

February 15, 2021

A US Congressional Subcommittee report on heavy metals in baby food has led to the filing of a number of class actions against the seven largest baby food makers in the US, claiming that they contain harmful levels of arsenic, lead, cadmium, and mercury. This class action brings suit against Plum, PBC and Plum, Inc., which does business as Plum Organics—not one of the seven examined for the report, but one of three which declined to cooperate with the Subcommittee.

Plum Organics Baby Food Contains Heavy Metals Complaint

Case Event History

Plum Organics Baby Food Contains Heavy Metals Complaint

February 15, 2021

A US Congressional Subcommittee report on heavy metals in baby food has led to the filing of a number of class actions against the seven largest baby food makers in the US, claiming that they contain harmful levels of arsenic, lead, cadmium, and mercury. This class action brings suit against Plum, PBC and Plum, Inc., which does business as Plum Organics—not one of the seven examined for the report, but one of three which declined to cooperate with the Subcommittee.

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