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Heavy Metals in Baby Food Lawsuit

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In February 2021, the House Subcommittee on Economic and Consumer Policy identified heavy metals in baby food from several large baby food manufacturers in the United States. A report in September of that year “also put forth recommendations for the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the baby food industry to eliminate toxic content in baby foods.”

These findings have led some parents to take legal action against the manufacturers, alleging their children were fed baby food found to contain toxic heavy metals and were diagnosed with severe Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) or Autism/Autism spectrum disorder (ASD).

The heavy metals included arsenic, lead, cadmium, and mercury and were identified in brands like Beech-Nut Nutrition Company, Campbell Soup Company (Plum Organics), Gerber, Hain Celestrial Group (Earth’s Best organic products), Nurture (Happy Family Organics and Happy Baby products, Sprout organic foods, and Walmart (Parent’s Choice).

Since then, on October 31, 2022, a federal judge dismissed without prejudice plaintiffs’ fraud and consumer protection claims in a district class action in New Jersey against Campbell Soup Co. and Plum PBC alleging dangerous levels of heavy metals in Plum baby food products, according to the National Law Review.

But other toxic baby food lawsuits continue, and if you believe your child may have been impacted, it is still a good idea to speak with a legal professional about your situation.

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    What Heavy Metals Were Found in Baby Food?

    In a February 4, 2021 report and a September 29, 2021 supplement by the U.S. House of Representatives subcommittee on Economic and Consumer Policy, heavy metals — including arsenic, lead, cadmium, and mercury — were found in baby foods produced by seven of the biggest baby food manufacturers in the country.

    Which Baby Foods Were Found to Have Heavy Metals?

    In the February 2021 report, the following manufacturers of organic and conventional brands either exceeded testing limits for toxic heavy metals or didn’t cooperate with the subcommittee’s investigation:

    • Beech-Nut Nutrition Company
    • Campbell Soup Company, manufacturer of Plum Organics brand
    • Gerber
    • Hain Celestial Group, manufacturer of Earth’s Best Organic brand
    • Nurture Inc., manufacturer of Happy Family Organics
    • Sprout Foods, Inc.
    • Walmart Inc., manufacturer of Parents’ Choice

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    What Should Parents Do Next?

    Some of the class action lawsuits regarding heavy metals in baby food have been dismissed for lack of standing and other reasons. But other heavy metal lawsuits are ongoing.

    If you suspect your child may have been impacted, please contact the team at Phillips Law Group for a free, no-obligation consultation to discuss your potential case and legal options. Please call us or fill out this contact form on this page and someone will respond to your inquiry.

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