Baby Food Heavy Metals Lawsuit Filed by Multiple Parents Over Autism Spectrum Disorder Diagnoses

Parents seek both compensation for baby food heavy metals causing autism, and seek to stop manufacturers from endangering children with the potentially toxic products.

  • Since 2021, reports have found that multiple manufacturers were distributing baby foods with toxic heavy metals
  • Parents of five Nevada children allege exposure to the baby food heavy metals caused autism
  • Lawsuit accuses Gerber, Beech-Nut, Gerber, Plum Organics, Sprout and Walmart of failing to adequately test their baby food or warn about toxic heavy metal contamination

The parents of five different children have joined together to file a lawsuit over baby food heavy metals contamination, indicating that each of their children developed autism spectrum disorders after exposure to dangerous levels of toxic metals in baby foods sold by several major manufacturers.

The complaint (PDF) was filed last week in the U.S. District Court for the District of Nevada, presenting claims against Beech-Nut Nutrition Company, Gerber products, Plum Organics, Sprout Foods, Inc. and Walmart as defendants, indicating that the companies sold heavy metal-laden baby food to parents for years without revealing the dangers they posed to the developing minds of newborn babies.

In 2021, a U.S. Congressional report ignited a firestorm of concerns over dangerous levels of lead, arsenic, cadmium and mercury found in a number of different popular baby foods, and nearly two years later reports suggest that toxic metals in baby food remain a pervasive problem, with high levels still found in popular brands sold by Gerber, Plum Organics, Sprout, Walmart and others.

Manufacturers of products found to contain high levels of these heavy metals already face hundreds of toxic baby food lawsuits, involving allegations that children developed autism spectrum disorders (ASD), attention deficit hyperactivity disorders (ADHD) and other side effects.

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Toxic baby food sold by Gerber, Beech-Nut and other manufacturers contain dangerous levels of heavy metals, which may be the cause of autism and severe ADHD for children.

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All of the parents bringing this new case, involving five different children from Nevada, indicate that the use of these heavy metal-contaminated baby food products led to the development of autism, alleging manufacturers never provided warnings about the potential risk, and failed to adequately test and report the levels of toxic heavy metals they contained.

“Since the dangerous nature of these products has been brought to light, Defendant Beech-Nut has recalled (just) one of its baby food product lines from the market, citing dangerous levels of arsenic in its single grain rice cereal, and exited the rice cereal market altogether,” the lawsuit states. “Meanwhile, all of the other Baby Foods at issue remain on the shelves, continuing to pose serious health threats to American children.”

The parents say they not only want compensation for their children’s injuries, but also want the court to stop defendants from prioritizing profits over the safety of vulnerable infants being fed their products by parents who think they are safe and healthy.

March 2023 Baby Food Heavy Metals Lawsuits

Since early 2021, a series of baby food autism lawsuits and baby food ADHD lawsuits have been filed by parents claiming manufacturers marketed baby foods containing toxic substances as safe for infants and children without disclosing known metal contamination risks.

While plaintiffs previously sought to consolidate the growing number of baby food lawsuits being filed in various U.S. District Courts in to single multi-district litigation, the U.S. Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation (JPML) denied the request, stating the cases would be better handled individually, since allegations raised in the lawsuits are specific to the levels of different metals in baby food products offered by different manufacturers.

Since the ruling, families are continuing to file lawsuits against baby food manufacturers in various different state and federal district courts, and product liability lawyers are continuing to investigate claims for children who are currently under the age of 15, and developed any of the following injuries after exposure to heavy metals in baby food for at least one year:

  • Autism diagnosed between ages of 2 and 14
  • Severe ADHD diagnosed between ages of 8 and 14
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