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On February 4, 2021, the United States House Subcommittee on Economic and Consumer Policy (the “Subcommittee”) released a report (the “Report”) on the content of baby food sold in the United States. The report reveals that several of America’s most well-known baby food brands are knowingly selling baby food tainted with “dangerous levels of toxic heavy metals that endanger infant
neurological development and long-term brain function.”

Tainted Baby Food Class Action

Tainted Baby Food Class Action

The brands found to be selling food containing these metals include Gerber, Nuture, Beech-Nut and Earth’s Best Organic.

The report also notes concerns that three additional brands which refused to cooperate with the investigation may be selling baby food containing even higher levels of toxic heavy metals than the four companies cited above. These brands are Parent’s Choice (owned by Walmart), Plum Organics (owned by Campbell) and Sprout Organic Foods.

Specifically, the Report made the following findings:

  • Top baby foods are tainted with dangerous levels of inorganic arsenic, lead, cadmium and mercury;
  • Industry self-regulation fails to protect consumers as manufacturers set their own dangerously high internal standards for toxic heavy metal levels;
  • Manufacturers routinely ignore internal standards and continue to sell products with higher heavy metal levels; and
  • Manufacturers’ prevalent practice of only testing their ingredients is concealing higher levels of toxic metal in finished baby foods.

In connection with the release of the report, Subcommittee Chairman Krishnamoorthi issued the following statement:

“Baby food manufacturers hold a special position of public trust. But consumers mistakenly believe that these companies would not sell unsafe products. The Subcommittee’s staff report found that these manufacturers knowingly sell baby food containing high levels of toxic heavy metals.”

A copy of the complaint filed against Walmart in this class action can be found here.

If you are a parent or caretaker and have bought baby food for a child in your care and want to discuss you rights in this tainted baby food class action, please contact Zachary Rynar by email at or by telephone at (203) 325-4491.

Zachary Rynar is an associate at Silver Golub & Teitell LLP, a law firm with offices in Stamford, New Haven, Hartford and Waterbury, Connecticut.

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