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Baby Food Lawsuits

Baby food lawsuits are being filed by parents of children with neurodevelopmental issues, such as autism and attention deficit disorder, fed baby food found to contain high levels of toxic heavy metals.

A 2020 congressional investigation reported that the manufacturers’ internal testing showed high levels of toxic heavy metals in the following brands of baby food:

  • Beech-Nut®
  • Gerber®
  • Hain Celestial Group – Earth’s Best Organic®
  • Nurture – Happy Family Organics and HappyBABY®
  • Plum® Organics
  • Sprout Foods – Sprout Organic Food
  • Walmart – Parent’s Choice™

Even at low levels, exposure to toxic heavy metals has been linked to serious irreversible damage to neurological development. Such exposure is particularly dangerous for babies and young children because their brains and nervous systems are still developing, and their systems do not flush heavy metals out of their bodies as quickly as in adults.

Trustwell Law is accepting baby food lawsuits on behalf of people who purchased baby food products found to contain toxic heavy metals whose children have been diagnosed with:

  • Attention deficit disorder
  • Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD
  • Autism
  • Autism spectrum disorder (ASD)

If you are considering filing a baby food lawsuit, call us at 202-914-1454 or submit your case details online and someone will contact you shortly. You pay nothing unless your lawsuit is successful and you receive compensation.

At Trustwell Law, our experienced attorneys take a personalized, compassionate approach. We cut through the legalese and partner with our clients. We have access to the expertise, resources, and manpower to fully investigate each case and fight for and with our clients to get the justice they deserve.

Studies Find Dangerously High Levels of Toxic Metals in Many Baby Foods

In 2019, Healthy Babies Bright Futures, a nonprofit organization, published a report on their investigation of baby foods. The study found that 95 percent of the baby food products tested contained toxic chemicals, including arsenic, cadmium, lead, and mercury. Of the 168 baby foods tested, all but 9 tested positive for heavy metals.

The FDA and the World Health Organization (WHO) consider heavy metals to be dangerous to human health, especially for babies and young children. WHO lists arsenic, cadmium, lead, and mercury in its top 10 list of chemicals of major health concern.

In November 2019, a committee of the U.S. House of Representatives requested test results and internal documents from seven of the largest baby food manufactures in the U.S. Four companies (Beech-Nut, Gerber, Hain, and Nurture) cooperated. Three others (Plum, Sprout, and Walmart) refused to cooperate at first, but later turned over documents.

In 2020, the U.S. House of Representatives analyzed the documents produced and investigated the contents of those baby foods. The committee published the initial findings in February 2021. The title of that report basically tells the story: “Baby Foods Are Tainted with Dangerous Levels of Arsenic, Lead, Cadmium, and Mercury”. The second committee report, issued in late September 2021, shows similar results for the three other manufacturers.

In bottled water sold for adults to drink, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) allow up to:

  • 10 parts per billion (ppb) of inorganic arsenic
  • 5 ppb of cadmium
  • 5 ppb of lead
  • 2 ppb of mercury

The House baby food Reports found:

  • Up to 91 times more than the level of arsenic deemed acceptable for adults
  • Up to 69 times more than the level of cadmium deemed acceptable for adults
  • Up to 177 times more than the level of lead deemed acceptable for adults
  • Up to 5 times more than the level of mercury deemed acceptable for adults

Remember, this information comes from the companies’ own testing and documents. So, the companies knew the ingredients going into their products contained those high levels of dangerous metals but did nothing about it. (In June 2021, Beech-Nut recalled several lots of its Infant Rice Cereal due to high levels of arsenic, and later announced it would no longer sell rice cereal. In October 2021, the FDA announced that Maple Island, which manufactures Parent’s Choice baby food sold at Walmart, issued a voluntary recall of its rice baby cereal after a sample tested above the limit for inorganic arsenic.)

Baby Food Lawyers

Do you want to consult a baby food lawyer?

If your child has neurodevelopmental issues such as autism and attention deficit disorder and ate baby food found to contain high levels of toxic heavy metals, you may be entitled to compensation for:

  • Past and future medical expenses to treat your child’s injuries
  • Past and future mental and physical pain and suffering your child experiences due to their injuries
  • Future wage loss, if applicable
  • Other economic losses due to your child’s injuries
  • Punitive damages, if appropriate

Contact us for a free consultation. You can hold accountable the companies that have endangered your children’s health and brain function.

 

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