Toxic Baby Food Metal Poisoning Lawsuit

Baby food sold by Gerber, Beech-Nut, Plum and others may be toxic and contain dangerous levels of arsenic, lead, cadmium and mercury metals. Lawsuits are being pursued for ADHD and autism from toxic baby foods.

  • On February 4, 2021, a House Oversight Committee report revealed Nurture, Hain, Beech-Nut, and Gerber sold baby food containing high amounts of toxic heavy metals.
  • In September 2021, the House Oversight Committee released a new report finding Campbell, Sprout Foods, Inc. and Walmart sold baby food with dangerous levels of arsenic, lead, cadmium and mercury
  • Despite known risks of autism and severe ADHD, manufacturers marketed baby foods containing toxic heavy metals as safe for infants and children
  • 2022 Update: Toxic baby food lawsuits are being pursued by families nationwide

Overview of Baby Food Lawsuits

Following the release of a Congressional report in early 2021, it has been confirmed that baby food manufactured and sold by Gerber, Beech-Nut Nutrition, Plum, Hain, Campbell, Walmart, Sprout and other companies contained dangerous levels of heavy metals that may poison infants, increasing the risk of ADHD or autism.

Product liability lawyers are pursuing toxic baby food lawsuits for families of children who were fed the impacted brands for at least one year, and developed any of the following injuries:

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

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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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Baby Food Problems and Side Effects

In February 2021, a House Oversight Committee report (PDF) revealed that many leading baby food products sold in recent years contain high amounts of toxic heavy metals, including inorganic arsenic, lead, cadmium and mercury, which may increase the risk of childhood development problems, such as autism spectrum disorders and severe ADHD (attention deficit and hyperactivity disorder).

Currently, the FDA does not set allowable limits on the presence of toxic heavy metals in baby food products. However, when compared to limits in bottled water and drinking water, most of the leading brands of baby food products may exceed those limits, sometimes by hundreds of times the recommended amounts.

These heavy metals are known to be toxic and could potentially cause developmental disorders when consistently fed to infants, who are the most vulnerable to their metal poisoning side effects.

In September 2021, a follow up report (PDF) released by the same Congressional subcommittee outlined more evidence about the problems with arsenic, lead, cadmium and mercury metals in toxic baby food, as lawmakers and consumer advocates call for new limits to be put in place and to require manufacturers to warn parents about the risks.

Which manufacturers sold toxic baby food?

  • Gerber
  • Beach Nut
  • Nurture (Happy Family Organics and HappyBABY)
  • Earth’s Best Organic (Hain Celestial)
  • Plum Organics (Campbell Soup)
  • Walmart Parent’s Choice
  • Sprout Foods and Sprout Organic Food

Despite years of evidence about the problems, it appears that leading manufacturers continued to use ingredients that sometimes contain hundreds or even thousands of times the recommended amounts of arsenic, cadmium, lead and mercury that are allowed in bottled water. In addition, they often fail to test finished products and knowingly underestimate the levels of these heavy metals that are present in their baby food products.

History of Baby Food Toxic Metal Poisoning Lawsuits

A number of reports and studies have warned about the high amounts of these toxic metal in baby food products sold nationwide. This includes a secret slideshow presentation sent to the FDA by someone within Hain, which revealed the company knowingly was low-balling the amount of arsenic, lead, cadmium and mercury in its products, and revealed the company was only testing ingredients and not finished products.

In February 2021, a report by staffers in the U.S. House of Representatives confirmed that leading brands of baby food products are tainted with sometimes extremely high levels of toxic metals, which can cause permanent IQ decreases and an increased risk of criminal activity and antisocial behavior in children doe to their effects on brain function.

The report warned that even with the findings, only four of the seven leading manufacturers complied with Congress’s request for data, and raised concerns that baby food products made by those who didn’t participate, including Walmart, Sprout and Campbell’s, may contain even higher levels of the toxic heavy metals.

Among those who did reply, the findings alarmed lawmakers. For example, Beech-Nut used ingredients which contained as high as 913.4 parts per billion (ppb) of arsenic in some of their products. The maximum allowable amount of arsenic in bottled water is 10 ppb. It also used ingredients containing 887 ppb of lead, which also has a 5 ppb limit in bottled water. The company’s internal standards allowed the highest levels of arsenic, cadmium and lead of any company tested.

However, data goes back years warning about the potential risks of these metals in baby food. In 2011 Swedish researchers warned that the levels of arsenic, cadmium, lead and mercury found in some infant formula was 10 times that of breast milk, but there are still no federal standards regulating the allowable limits.

Since the Congressional report was first released, a growing number of toxic baby food lawsuits have been filed in courts nationwide. However, the U.S. Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation (JPML) rejected a request to have the complaints consolidated before one judge for pretrial procedures in June, meaning each case is currently being handled as an individual lawsuit.

Baby Food Settlements for Autism and ADHD

As a result of the failure to thoroughly test, limit and report the levels of arsenic, lead, cadmium and mercury in baby food products, financial compensation may be available to parents who fed these products to their children through a baby food lawsuit.

Financial compensation may also be available for parents of children who consumed one of the brands for at least a year and developed autism or ADHD and were diagnosed between the ages of 2 and 14.

If information about the levels of toxic heavy metal had been provided, and the potential health risks, many parents would have likely chosen another baby food to feed to their vulnerable infants, which may have avoided numerous developmental disorders.

Baby Food Autism and ADHD Lawsuits

Was your child diagnosed with problems after being fed toxic baby food? Settlement benefits may be available.



  • ChristinaJuly 7, 2022 at 8:42 pm


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