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Class Action Lawsuits Filed Over Presence Of Metal Toxins In Baby Food

Based on internal documents and independent research, the House Subcommittee on Economic and Consumer Policy issued a report alleging that baby food made by the following brands contains toxic metals:

  • Beech-Nut
  • Earth’s Best Organic
  • Gerber
  • HappyBABY
  • Parent’s Choice
  • Plum Organics
  • Sprout Foods

A lawsuit at was filed by a group of six parents and their seven minor children who claim that the toxins found in the baby food made by Beech-Nut, Hain Celestial, Gerber, and Nurture led to the development of autism in each of their children.

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Autism is a neurological development disorder that affects one-in-54 children in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The CDC says that about one-in-six children aged 3-17 years from 2009-2017 received a diagnosis with a developmental disability. This includes autism, ADHD, cerebral palsy, blindness, and others.

The lawsuit claims that the children contracted autism due to the elevated levels of heavy metals in the baby food products cited in the congressional report. There are reports of more than 80 lawsuits filed against firms that were named in a February congressional report about highly dangerous levels of arsenic and other poisons in baby food.

The report, requested by federal legislators reviewed four toxic heavy metals: inorganic arsenic, lead, cadmium, and mercury. The Food and Drug Administration and the World Health Organization have declared them dangerous to human health, particularly to babies and children, who are most vulnerable to their neurotoxic effects.

Even low levels of exposure can cause serious and often irreversible damage to brain development, according to the report. The claims against each defendant thus are likely to rise or fall on facts specific to that defendant, such as the number of heavy metals in its products, the results of its internal testing, if any, and its marketing strategies.