It was recently discovered that several major brands of baby food contain dangerously high levels of toxic heavy metals such as arsenic, lead, and mercury. These toxic substances are known to cause neurologic and other health problems in developing children. Consumption of these toxic baby foods may be linked to the development of conditions such as ADHD and autism.
Our toxic baby food lawyers are currently accepting new cases from children who were injured or adversely impacted by the consumption of these toxic baby foods. If you fed Gerber brand baby food, or “Earth’s Best” brand baby food to your child and they were subsequently diagnosed with Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD or ADHD), autism, or another type of neurologic disorder, call our product liability attorneys today. You may be entitled to financial compensation.Baby Foods Found to be Contaminated with Toxic Heavy Metals
In February 2021 the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Economic and Consumer Policy released a bombshell report which revealed that several major brands of baby food contain dangerously high levels of toxins. The shocking findings in the Subcommittee Report were the result of a long-term investigation into the safety of certain brands of baby food sold in the U.S.
The Subcommittee Report found that a number of top baby food brands (including Gerber and Earth’s Best) were found to be tainted with unsafe levels of very dangerous heavy metals including arsenic, lead, cadmium, and mercury. Consumption of these metals, even in small amounts, is very hazardous to human health.
Both the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) have warned about the dangers of these toxic elements. According to the FDA, research studies show that consumption or even just exposure to these heavy metals can be particularly hazardous for babies and young children. Specifically, these toxic elements cause neurologic damage and interfere with brain development in children.
The Subcommittee Report also found that the food manufacturers were apparently aware that their products contained these high levels of known toxins. According to the report, Gerber and other food manufacturers chose to set their own standards for what are “safe” levels for these elements in their products. Moreover, the investigation found that food makers routinely ignore their own already high standards, despite internal testing showing excessive levels of these metals.Tainted Baby Foods Can Cause Brain Damage and Neurologic Disorders
If your child consumed Gerber, Earth’s Best, or other baby food brands that contained high levels of heavy metals, they may have suffered neurologic and developmental delays. Studies have shown that exposure to these heavy metals in childhood can cause brain damage, resulting in reduced intelligence and behavioral problems. A number of studies have linked consumption of these metals in childhood to a substantial decrease in adult IQ and a reduced lifetime earning capacity.Arsenic & Lead Levels in Contaminated Baby Food
Arsenic is an extremely toxic substance that is often used as a poison. The Subcommittee Report found some levels of inorganic arsenic in all baby food brands that were tested. There were two brands, however, that high extremely high levels that are considered unsafe by the FDA: Gerber and Earth’s Best.
The FDA has set the maximum safe level of arsenic in food or water at 10 parts per billion (“ppb”). Testing found that Earth’s Best brand baby food (manufactured by Hain Celestial Group, Inc.) contained arsenic at 129 ppb – 13 times the level considered safe by the FDA. Testing of Gerber brand baby foods found arsenic at 90 ppb.
Unsafe levels of lead were also found in the same two baby food brands. Earth’s Best baby food was found to contain 352 ppb of lead and Gerber brand food contained 48 ppb. By comparison, the FDA has set maximum safe levels of lead for bottled water at 5 ppb. This means the tainted baby food contained 70 times the maximum safe level of lead.Lawsuits Against Manufacturers of Toxic Baby Food
The Subcommittee Report revealing the contamination levels of Gerber and Earth’s Best baby food brands led to an immediate round of product liability lawsuits. So far, around 20 separate lawsuits have been filed across the country against Geber, Hain Celestial, and other manufacturers.
Hundreds, possibly thousands more lawsuits will likely be filed in the coming months in courts across the U.S. Plaintiffs in the pending baby food lawsuits have already filed a motion asking the Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation to consolidate all toxic baby food cases into a new MDL in the Southern District of New York. If granted, this could set the stage for a new big mass tort involving contaminated baby food.
The lawsuits are being filed by parents who fed the contaminated baby foods to children who were later diagnosed with various neurologic and/or cognitive disorders, or developmental/behavioral conditions. Based largely on the findings in the Subcommittee Report, the lawsuits allege that the baby food manufacturers knew that their baby food products contained dangerously high levels of toxic metals such as lead and arsenic. The claims assert that the manufacturers intentionally concealed and/or failed to disclose these contamination levels to consumers.Contact Our Lawyers About Filing a Toxic Baby Food Lawsuit
If you fed Gebers or Earth’s Best brand baby food products to your children and they have subsequently been diagnosed with neurologic disorders, developmental delays, learning disabilities, or cognitive problems, call our product liability lawyers today for a free consultation. We are currently seeking new toxic baby food cases from individuals who meet these criteria.