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Sprout Baby Foods Heavy Metal Content California Class Action

Sprout Foods, Inc. makes baby food under the Sprout Organic brand. It is one of the three baby food makers that did not cooperate with the Subcommittee on Economic and Consumer Policy, Committee on Oversight and Reform in the US House of Representatives in their investigation of heavy metals in US baby foods. The complaint alleges that Sprout has a “negligent, reckless, and/or intentional practice of misrepresenting and failing to fully disclose the presence of dangerous substances in its baby foods.”

The class for this action is all consumers living in California who bought Sprout Organic baby foods, between April 1, 2017 and the entry of final judgement in this case.

The complaint opens with a quote from the Subcommittee, which put out the baby food report: “Baby food manufacturers hold a special position of public trust. Consumers believe that they would not sell products that are unsafe.” Unfortunately, the complaint quotes the Subcommittee as saying that “commercial baby foods are tainted with significant levels of toxic heavy metals, including arsenic, lead, cadmium, and mercury.”

While the Subcommittee was unable to get Sprout’s internal information on its baby foods, the Subcommittee stated that “Sprout’s evasion is concerning, as even limited independent testing has revealed the presence of toxic heavy metals in its baby food.” The report that it issued on February 4, 2021 was called, “Baby Foods Are Tainted with Dangerous Levels of Arsenic, Lead, Cadmium, and Mercury.”

Toxic heavy metals, the complaint says, have been shown to cause cognitive decline and interfere with cognitive development in children. It quotes the report as saying that exposure to heavy metals can lead to “diminished future economic productivity, and increased risk of future criminal and antisocial behavior in children.”

The complaint also claims, “The risk from heavy metals grows over time as they accumulate in the kidneys and other internal organs.” It alleges that ingesting such toxins regularly may increase the risk of bladder, lung, and skin cancer, cognitive and reproductive problems, and Type 2 diabetes, among other things.

The complaint claims that Sprout products were among those tested by Consumer Reports (CR) for cadmium, lead, mercury, and inorganic arsenic. The complaint says, “The results were troubling. Every product tested by CR had measurable levels of at least one of the following heavy metals: cadmium, inorganic arsenic, or lead. Moreover, about two-third[s] (68%) had ‘worrisome’ and ‘concerning’ levels of at least one heavy metal. Fifteen of the foods tested would pose potential health risks to children who regularly eat just one serving or less per day.”

The complaint alleges that Sprout “knew or should have known that its baby foods contain significant levels of toxic heavy metals, including arsenic, lead, cadmium, and mercury.”

This is despite the fact, the complaint says, that Sprout’s marketing statements, which “explicitly and implicitly convey that [Sprout’s] organic baby foods are healthy for consumption by babies, and superior to other manufacturers’ baby foods.”

Article Type: Lawsuit
Topic: Consumer

Most Recent Case Event

Sprout Baby Foods Heavy Metal Content California Complaint

April 1, 2021

Sprout Foods, Inc. makes baby food under the Sprout Organic brand. It is one of the three baby food makers that did not cooperate with the Subcommittee on Economic and Consumer Policy, Committee on Oversight and Reform in the US House of Representatives in their investigation of heavy metals in US baby foods. The complaint alleges that Sprout has a “negligent, reckless, and/or intentional practice of misrepresenting and failing to fully disclose the presence of dangerous substances in its baby foods.”

Sprout Baby Foods Heavy Metal Content California Complaint

Case Event History

Sprout Baby Foods Heavy Metal Content California Complaint

April 1, 2021

Sprout Foods, Inc. makes baby food under the Sprout Organic brand. It is one of the three baby food makers that did not cooperate with the Subcommittee on Economic and Consumer Policy, Committee on Oversight and Reform in the US House of Representatives in their investigation of heavy metals in US baby foods. The complaint alleges that Sprout has a “negligent, reckless, and/or intentional practice of misrepresenting and failing to fully disclose the presence of dangerous substances in its baby foods.”

Sprout Baby Foods Heavy Metal Content California Complaint
Tags: Contaminated with Harmful Substances, Deceptive Advertising, Deceptive Labels, Food Contamination, Heavy Metals