Lead, arsenic, cadmium, and mercury are toxic heavy metals that can impact a child’s neurological development and long-term brain function when ingested. According to test results obtained by the Subcommittee on Economic and Consumer Policy, an alarming number of baby foods contain significant levels of these dangerous metals.
Toxic Baby Food Lawsuit – Free Case Evaluation
Eligibility to file a baby food contamination lawsuit is determined during a one-on-one consultation at our firm. Your situation may warrant legal action if:
- Your child consumed baby food from Harris/Teeter, Kroger, Aldi, or Safeway
- Your child was diagnosed with or shows symptoms of a learning disability or autism
If you purchased and fed your child with store-brand baby food from Kroger, Harris Teeter, Aldi, or Safeway, we invite you to speak with the attorneys at the firm about this matter at no cost to you. Please contact class action attorney Melissa R. Emert, Esq., or Gary S. Graifman, Esq., at Kantrowitz, Goldhamer & Graifman, P.C., 747 Chestnut Ridge Road – Suite 200, Chestnut Ridge, NY 10977. You can reach us via telephone: (866) 896-0935, fax: (845) 356-4335, or email: [email protected] or [email protected].
Tests Find Heavy Metals in Baby Food
The congressional investigation found that manufacturers of commercial baby foods “routinely ignore internal standards” and continue to sell products with dangerously high heavy metal levels.
Research indicates that even trace amounts of mercury, lead, and other heavy metal contaminants can diminish a child’s IQ and increase the risk of Autism spectrum disorder (ASD).
Parents trust that baby food products are nutritious and safe, but increasing evidence suggests this is far from the case. The congressional report found high levels of toxic metals in popular baby foods – including organic products — made by: Gerber, Nurture, Inc. (Happy Family Organics), Beech-Nut Nutrition Company, Sprout Foods, Earth’s Best Organic, Walmart’s Parent’s Choice, and Campbell’s Plum Organics.
The law firm of Kantrowitz, Goldhamer & Graifman, P.C. is currently investigating tainted baby food claims on behalf of families in Rockland County NY, and Bergen County, New Jersey. Dozens of families have already filed a baby food lawsuit, alleging their children developed autism and other cognitive impairments from the high levels of toxic metals. Numerous manufacturers are being sued over baby food products containing rice, carrot, pea, apple, sweet potato, and cinnamon, among others.
At present, there is no legislation that regulates the levels of toxic heavy metals in commercial baby foods. Until new laws are passed, parental vigilance is paramount when it comes to shopping for healthy baby foods.
Compared to other baby foods, products made with rice remain a leading source of arsenic and lead exposure for toddlers. Safer alternatives include wheat, oats, and barley.
How Toxic Metals Impact Health
Ample research has demonstrated the detrimental effects of early childhood exposure to heavy metals.
- Arsenic damages the infant brain, resulting in cognitive impairments, neurological problems, and lowered IQ
- Lead is linked to behavioral problems, attention deficits, and ASD
- Cadmium can lead to learning disabilities and also damage the heart, kidney, and bones
- Mercury is linked to IQ deficits, vision problems, and cardiovascular disease
Filing a Baby Food Contamination Lawsuit
The law affords remedies for families of children who developed learning problems or autism after ingesting tainted baby food products. Whether filed as a product liability claim or a class action, litigation can seek compensation for the following losses:
- Hospital and medical expenses related to the child’s injuries
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional anguish
- Loss of future earning capacity
- Lost wages or economic damages stemming from the child’s injuries
- Punitive damages, when appropriate
Kantrowitz, Goldhamer & Graifman has the resources, experience, and knowledge to take on well-funded adversaries. Find out if you have a viable claim by reaching out for a free consultation. Our legal team is conducting baby food toxic metal class action investigations in Bergen County, NJ, and Rockland County, New York.