Baby Food Lawsuit FAQ for California Residents
Answers to the Most Common California Baby Food Lawsuit Questions
This page contains answers to common baby food lawsuit questions that apply to most California baby food claims for toxic heavy metal contamination. To discuss your case in detail or ask specific questions about your circumstances, contact our firm. Our team of attorneys handling baby food lawsuit claims in California provides free, no obligation case review. Simply contact our firm; one of our experienced lawyers handling baby food lawsuit claims for California residents for heavy metal contamination will be in touch in the near future to answer your questions, completely free of charge.
Who can make a heavy metals baby food claim in California or file a contaminated baby food lawsuit?
Any parent or family member of a child in California who has developed side effects such as autism, ADHD, cognitive impairment or neurological problems from toxic baby food may be eligible to make a claim by filing a baby food lawsuit against the makers of HappyBABY, Beech-Nut, Earth's Best Organic, or Gerber baby foods.
What does it cost to file a baby food lawsuit for heavy metals for California residents?
We are committed to representing all persons in California involved in a baby food lawsuit on a contingency basis, meaning there are never any legal fees unless we win compensation in your case. To access your free, no-obligation consultation, use the online chat feature or contact form on this site. One of our lawyers handling California baby food lawsuits for arsenic, cadmium, lead, or mercury contamination will contact you to answer any of your questions.
Which heavy metals are found in baby foods?
The Committee on Oversight and Reform of the U.S. House of Representatives produced a report in February of 2021 documenting levels of four specific heavy metals found in baby food: arsenic, cadmium, lead and mercury. Mercury has been found to result in lower IQs, adverse neurodevelopment and autistic behaviors in preschool children in California. Cadmium exposure in early childhood also leads to lower IQ, as well as increased rates of ADHD in California children. When California babies are exposed to unsafe levels of lead, they can suffer permanent damage to the brain and nervous system resulting in behavioral problems, cognitive impairments, and ADHD. Similarly, when babies are exposed to arsenic in California, they suffer damage to the central nervous system, impaired cognitive development, lower IQ, and decreased motor function.
How long have manufacturers been aware of the heavy metal content in their products?
No one knows exactly, but the findings of the House Committee on Oversight and Reform were based on internal company documents from baby food manufacturers. In other words, the data originated from internal company testing, not an outside source, indicating baby food manufacturers were aware of alarming heavy metals in baby food products yet took no action to warn consumers of reduce toxic contamination.
Why aren't there warning labels on baby foods about toxic heavy metals?
The Trump FDA was notified of unsafe levels of heavy metals in many commercial baby food products in 2019, yet took no action to hold companies accountable or warn consumers. In the absence of federal regulation of the baby food industry, manufacturers of baby foods have continued to sell products they know to be contaminated in order to maintain corporate profitability. Simply put, removing dangerous products from the market or notifying California consumers of the risk would have damaged the bottom line. It is a sad fact that many corporations will even put babies at risk for severe and irreversible damage if it increases the bottom line.
Which companies sell baby foods contaminated with heavy metals in California?
Four specific companies have been found to manufacture and market toxic baby foods in California:
- Nurture, Inc, the manufacturer of HappyBABY products
- Hain, the manufacturer of Earth's Best Organic products
Another three baby food companies suspiciously refused to cooperate with the House Committee investigation, meaning California consumers do not currently have data on the safety of these baby food products:
- Campbell, the manufacturer of the Plum Organics line
- Walmart, the manufacturer of Parent's Choice and Parent's Choice Organic baby foods
- Sprout Organic Foods
Aren't most drug and products liability lawsuits just class action lawsuits where the plaintiff receives very little money?
California baby food lawsuit claims are likely to be consolidated with other claims from around the nation as MDL, or Multi-District Litigation, where each plaintiff receives a settlement based upon the individual injuries and damages incurred by each plaintiff. This process increases the efficiency of processing vast numbers of cases against one or more companies, all related to a single common problem such as heavy metals in baby food.
How much time do I have to file a baby food lawsuit in California?
Most states have baby food lawsuit time limits; however, the majority of all California families whose children developed side effects from toxic ingredients in baby foods will fall within those time limits if they contact an attorney in the near future. For specific time limits for your California claim, please fill out the form at right and one of our attorneys serving California will contact you as quickly as possible, usually within the hour.
Who in California is most at risk for developing ADHD, autism, or another side effect of baby food heavy metal contamination?
Any baby or child in California who ate foods produced by Gerber, Beech-Nut, Hain or Nurture, including brand names HappyBABY, Beech-Nut, Earth's Best Organic, and Gerber, may be at risk for developing side effects of heavy metals in baby foods. Specific baby foods contain different levels of heavy metals, and a higher quantity of the most contaminated baby foods would likely cause the worst heavy metal side effects.
Does it cost anything for you to review my case?
We will always listen to your circumstances and give you our analysis of your case without any cost or further obligation.
We're not the type of people who sue; do we really need to file a lawsuit?
If a member of your family suffered a serious injury or health problem as a result of a defective product or dangerous drug, long-term, or even lifelong, medical care may be required. This could be incredibly expensive and since medical costs are continually rising may be largely unknown at the time of settlement or trial. If a member of your family died due to a defective product or dangerous drug, no amount of money can undo that wrong. It is our fervent hope that every defective products, drug or other medication lawsuit we file can serve to make the manufacturer take note of the loss and pain its product has caused. When that fails to make a company take action in the form of a product recall, greater warnings about its use and ultimately making safer products, we rely on their profit motivation to make them do the right thing. Unfortunately, in all too many cases it is only the fear of lawsuits and large settlements and verdicts that makes a company become a better corporate citizen.