Nurture Inc. Was Sued For Alleged Toxic Baby Food
Nurture Inc., an American baby, and toddler food company, was charged with a class action lawsuit due to the alleged false advertisement of their product as organic and safe for babies.
In February 2021, a class action lawsuit was filed against Nurture Inc. by lead plaintiff Stephanie Soto at a New York federal court.
The lawsuit aims to cover products manufactured by Nuture Inc. under the Happy Family or Happy Baby line.
According to the lawsuit, the said products were advertised as organic, safe for babies, and have nutritional value.
However, the plaintiff asserts that the products contain heavy metals harmful to babies’ health.
The lawsuit argues that both the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) consider heavy metals dangerous and harmful for humans.
Complainants add that babies and children, the product’s target market in question, are more susceptible and at risk to heavy metals’ toxic effects.
According to the lawsuit, exposure to the chemicals can impact the behavior, cognition, and learning development of infants and children who will consume them.
The lawsuit aims to represent and compensate consumers who have purchased the covered products that allegedly contain toxic metals. It also obliges Nurture Inc. to recall the products affected and update the labels on the said products.
The lawsuit covers the following products manufactured by Nurture Inc. under their Happy Family or Happy Baby line that allegedly has high levels of harmful heavy metals:
- Whole-grain cereal
- Apple and Broccoli
- Banana and Pumpkin
- Strawberry and Beet
- Strawberry and Raspberry
- Sweet Potato and Carrot
- Rice Cakes
- Blueberry Beet
- Pea and Spinach
Results of Heavy Metals Tests
The lawsuit declares that tests were conducted to Nurture Inc.’s products.
According to the test results, the products contain an increased level of toxic heavy metals, including arsenic, cadmium, lead, and mercury.
Complainants alleged that these metals are harmful to babies and that the levels found are significantly higher than the allowed limit.
The lawsuit argues the FDA has set the following limits for heavy metals for bottled water:
- 10pbb inorganic arsenic
- 5ppb lead
- 5ppb cadmium
- 2pbb mercury – set by Environment Protection Agency
However, the results of the test conducted on the baby food products revealed the following results:
- Exceeds up to 91 times the arsenic level
- Exceeds up to 177 times the lead level
- Exceeds up to 69 times the cadmium level
- Exceeds up to 5 times the mercury level
Similar cases have been filed against multiple baby food manufacturers. The companies are under investigation for the alleged baby food products containing high levels of harmful metals. These companies include:
- Beech-Nut Nutrition Company
- Campbell Soup Company, for baby products under Plum Organics.
- Hain Celestial Group, Inc., for baby food products under Earth’s Best Organic
- Sprout Foods, Inc.
- Walmart Inc., for baby food products under Parent’s Choice.
The companies are under investigation for allegedly continuing to sell their products despite their knowledge of the dangerous level of metals they contain.
Despite the investigation, the products in question have still not been recalled from the market.
Editor’s Note on Nurture Baby Food Class Action Lawsuit:
This article is published to inform you of the latest class action lawsuit filed against Nurture Inc. for allegedly marketing toxic baby food products as safe for consumption.
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