A February 4, 2021 U.S. House of Representatives Staff Report found that several tested baby foods contained unusually high levels of heavy metals. The report found that some baby foods had up to 177 times the FDA allowable lead level, 91 times the arsenic level, 69 times the cadmium level or up to 5 times the mercury level.
There is no safe level of exposure of these toxic heavy metals in baby foods. According to the World Health Organization, a “major public health concern” is posed by heavy metals for children. According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, heavy metals can “build up in biological systems and become a significant health hazard.”
Baby food companies have known their products were toxic but chose profits over responsibly warning the public about the danger posed by their baby food. Nadrich & Cohen is dedicated to holding baby food companies accountable for recklessly and reprehensibly concealing the dangers of their products from the public and exposing children to toxic heavy metals.
Do I Have A Case?
We are handling, on a contingency basis, children from the ages of 16 and under who have been diagnosed with the following conditions:
- Childhood disintegrative disorder
- Pervasive developmental disorder, not otherwise specified (PDD-NOS)
- Kanner’s syndrome
- Asperger’s syndrome
- Autism spectrum disorder
The child who developed any of the above conditions must have consumed baby food products from the following brands for at least one year:
- Simple Truth (Kroger)
- Comforts (Kroger)
- Plum Organics (Campbell Soup Company)
- Parent’s Choice Organic (Walmart)
- Parent’s Choice (Walmart)
- Sprout Organic Foods
- Happy Family Organics (Nurture, Inc.)
- HappyBABY (Nurture, Inc.)
- Earth’s Best Organics (Hain Celestial Group, Inc.)
Unfortunately, we cannot accept cases when:
- A mother isn’t the representative of the injured child, isn’t willing or able to sign on behalf of the injured child, or is deceased and her next of kin isn’t willing to sign on behalf of her and the injured child
- The injured child is older than eight years old
- None of the above injuries have been diagnosed and a mother isn’t willing to get them diagnosed
Call us today for a free consultation or text us from this page. We will not charge you a fee unless we obtain a recovery.
Metals found in baby food are linked to the following:
- Chronic diseases
- Neurotoxic effects
- Brain damage
- Autism (ASD)
- Cardiovascular issues
- Compromised immune system
Which Baby Food Brands Contain Heavy Metals?
The baby food brands listed in the baby food Congressional Report include:
- Gerber, who manufactures purees, cereals, snacks and other baby foods
- Beech-Nut, manufacturer of infant rice cereals which were recently voluntarily recalled
- Nurture – Happy Family Organics and HappyBABY
- Hain Celestial Group – Earth’s Best Organic
- Campbell Soup – Plum Organics
- Walmart – Parent’s Choice
- Sprout Foods – Sprout Organic Food, owned by North Castle Partners
The congressional subcommittee requested a baby food safety investigation. Gerber, Hain, Beech-Nut and Nurture complied with the request. However, Sprout Organic Foods, Campbell and Walmart refused to cooperate. The subcommittee is “greatly concerned” that this lack of cooperation may be hiding even higher heavy metal levels than found in competitors’ baby foods.
The report also focused on snack puffs, which, alongside teething biscuits, puffs, crisps, cookies, and crackers, are especially high in rice content. The report names multiple rice puff products, including:
- Sweet Potato & Carrot Puffs
- Strawberry & Beet Puffs
- Purple Carrot & Blueberry Puffs
- Kale & Spinach Puffs
- Blueberry Beet Rice Cakes
- Pumpkin & Banana Puffs
- Apple Rice Cakes
- Apple & Broccoli Puffs (contained 180 ppb of inorganic arsenic)
Rice-based baby foods containing high amounts of heavy metals, especially arsenic, have been a long-term problem. The FDA has enacted an inorganic arsenic threshold for infant rice cereal of 100 ppb. This level is ten times the amount allowed in bottled water.
Call us at (800) 718-4658 if your child has been diagnosed with ADHD, autism or Asperger’s and has been fed any of the above baby foods for one year. You can also complete the “Do I Have A Case” form on the right. We don’t charge you or your child any fee until and unless we obtain compensation for you. Your child may be eligible for a financial recovery.
Heavy Metals, Autism And ADHD
The heavy metals arsenic, lead, mercury and cadmium have been linked to autism and ADHD by many studies, including:
- Arsenic and autism: Study 1 – Study 2
- Lead and autism: Study 1 – Study 2
- Mercury and autism: Study 1 – Study 2
- Cadmium and autism: Study 1 – Study 2
- Arsenic and ADHD: Study
- Lead and ADHD: Study 1 – Study 2
- Cadmium and ADHD: Study
These heavy metals have also been linked to:
- Arsenic: Neurological problems, cognitive deficits, reduced IQ, brain and nervous system damage, skin/lung/bladder cancer
- Cadmium: Learning disabilities, kidney/bone/heart damage, cancer, neurotoxicity
- Lead: Behavior problems, attention deficits, reduced IQ, brain damage
- Mercury: Memory impairment, reduced IQ, vision impairment, cardiovascular disease
Exposure to toxic heavy metals has been linked to permanent IQ deficits in children, as well as an increased risk of future antisocial and criminal behavior. Long-term neurological development and brain function can be compromised by exposure to heavy metals as an infant.
The World Health Organization and the FDA have stated that heavy metals pose a risk to human health, especially the health of babies and children. The World Health Organization considers mercury, lead, cadmium and arsenic to be top 10 chemicals of major health concern.
Recalled Beech Nut Baby Food
Beech Nut recalled its infant rice cereal in June 2021 because its arsenic level was over the 100 parts per billion FDA limit. The company also announced that it would no longer sell infant rice cereal, as Beech Nut is concerned about being able to consistently obtain rice flour that doesn’t contain high levels of inorganic arsenic. This problem with sourcing safe rice flour may mean that future rice-based baby food recalls are likely.
Baby Food Autism And ADHD Lawyers
Nadrich & Cohen have been helping injured victims of dangerous products obtain financial compensation from corporate America since 1990. Our lawyers and experts know how to maximize your recovery so you can be compensated fully for your child’s injuries.
Our fee is a percentage of the recovery. We do not charge any fee until and unless we obtain compensation.
If your 16 year-old or younger child has been diagnosed with autism, ADHD or Asperger’s after eating baby food as an infant, you may be entitled to financial compensation for:
- Past and future medical bills associated with your child’s injuries
- Past and future physical and mental pain and suffering of your child associated with their injuries
- Loss of the enjoyment of life
- Your child’s future loss of wages
- Economic losses associated with your child’s injuries
- Any expenses not covered by your standard insurance
- Punitive damages, if warranted
In addition, you can hold baby food manufacturers accountable for their actions by filing a toxic baby food lawsuit, which can help society by:
- Leading to dangerous baby food being recalled from the market
- Leading to better baby food safety standards
- Leading to reform of baby food testing and approval processes
Dealing with the revelation that your child’s medical condition was caused by defective baby food can be devastating. You might not understand the issues involved or even know where to start, but the legal experience and assistance of a lawyer can help with this. Our lawyers can research your claim and any relevant laws, tell you what your legal rights are, and tell you what we can do to obtain justice for you and your child.
Call the California toxic baby food lawyers for a free consultation to see if you have a case.