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Baby Foods Tainted with Heavy Metals Investigation

Migliaccio & Rathod LLP is currently investigating a number of baby food manufacturers following reports that their products are tainted with dangerous amounts of toxic heavy metals, including lead, arsenic, mercury, and cadmium. The companies currently included in this investigation are:

  • Nurture, Inc. (Nurture), which sells Happy Family Organics, including baby food products under the brand name HappyBABY
  • Beech-Nut Nutrition Company (Beech-Nut)
  • Hain Celestial Group, Inc. (Hain), which sells baby food products under the brand name Earth’s Best Organic
  • Gerber
  • Campbell Soup Company (Campbell), which sells baby food products under the brand name Plum Organics
  • Walmart Inc. (Walmart), which sells baby food products through its private brand Parent’s Choice
  • Sprout Foods, Inc. (Sprout Organic Foods)

Ingestion of these metals, even low levels of exposure, are dangerous to human health and are especially dangerous to the healthy brain development and long-term function of babies and children. Only four of the seven companies listed above responded to the Congressional Subcommittee on Economic and Consumer Policy’s request to provide internal testing policies, test results for ingredients and/or finished products, and documentation about what the companies did with ingredients and/or finished products that exceeded their internal testing limits. The Congressional Subcommittee found lead, arsenic, and cadmium in baby foods made by the responding companies, and it further found mercury in the baby food of the only responding company that tested for it. The test results were up to 91 times the arsenic level allowable under existing regulations, up to 177 times the lead level above permitted limits, up to 69 times the cadmium level above permitted limits, and up to 5 times the mercury level above permitted limits.

Walmart, Campbell, and Sprout Organic Foods did not submit documents to aid the Subcommittee’s investigation, a troubling move given the test results produced from the companies that did comply.

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