Lead Found In Happy Tot Baby Food at Alarming Level, Lawsuit Claims
Target, Nurture Inc., and Whole Foods Market are being sued in a class action lawsuit in California for allegedly selling Happy Tot brand baby food that may contain harmful levels of lead.
The Ecological Alliance filed a lawsuit alleging that two specific products contained far more lead than was considered safe. According to the plaintiff, defendant Nurture Inc. manufactures Happy Tot baby food items, while Whole Foods Market and Target sell the majority.
A lawyer representing the Ecological Alliance stated that Whole Foods Market would not promote using pesticides to treat their fruit but continues to sell baby food with alarming concentrations of lead to unwary parents.
Ecological Alliance v. Nurture Inc.
According to the lawsuit, Happy Tot’s Cheese & Spinach Ravioli with Marinara Sauce includes 12 times the maximum allowed level of lead. At the same time, one of the brand’s Apples and Spinach Soft-Bakes Oat Bars contains more lead than an infant or toddler may ingest in a day.
In addition, Ecological Alliance claims the independent testing of infant food and other items indicated that the two Happy Tot products contained dangerously high amounts of lead.
Moreover, the complainant emphasizes that any degree of lead exposure is dangerous for children.
The tests were done to evaluate if the items qualified the California rules requiring manufacturers to inform customers about toxic substances.
Plaintiff’s attorney highlighted that no quantity of lead is safe for a child to ingest, despite the fact that low levels are permitted by law due to naturally occurring lead in the soil.
Further, the attorney stated that failure to notify customers of lead-level content is against California law but more so violates human rights. A baby food manufacturer should be aware that lead is damaging to children and should not sell a product with such an amount of lead.
Happy Family Organics, a subsidiary of Nurture Inc., states on its website that all the products it sells have undergone thorough safety examination and do not have any products on the market that exceeds the FDA’s contaminant limit.
It also states that all Happy Family Organics products are suitable for infants and toddlers to ingest and claims to have the industry’s leading test methods.
Based on the current study, heavy metals could enter food via water or soil and be transferred via additives and/or mixtures. While the levels detected in specific baby food items may not constitute a significant health concern to infants, pediatricians warn that prolonged exposure can result in permanent neurodevelopmental impairments in children.
Numerous lawsuits have been filed against large baby food manufacturers, alleging their products contains hazardous chemicals, including:
- Earth’s Best
- Plum Organics
After extreme political and community pressure, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced an action plan in April to reduce arsenic, cadmium, lead, and mercury levels in baby foods.
Editor’s Note on Happy Tot Lead Class Action Lawsuit 2021:
This article is written to update you regarding the lawsuit filed against Nurture Inc. over its Happy Tot baby foods with high level of lead.
Case Name & No.: Ecological Alliance v. Nurture Inc., Case No. 21STCV22139
Jurisdiction: Los Angeles Superior Court
Products/Services: Happy Tot baby food products
Allegations: Hazardous chemicals allegedly found in baby food products
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