A Staten Island mother is suing 5 baby-food manufacturers after a current congressional report found toxic levels of heavy metals in a few of their merchandise, new court docket papers present.
Michelle Partitions says she purchased child meals from Beech-Nut Vitamin firm, The Hain Celestial Group Inc, Completely satisfied Household Organics, Gerber and Plum PBC between July 2020 and February 2021 — feeding the “tainted” meals to her 1-year-old son for six months, in accordance with a Brooklyn federal lawsuit filed Wednesday.
Then the mother noticed the media protection Feb. 6 about the congressional report, which revealed that there have been “important ranges” of heavy metals together with arsenic, lead, cadmium and mercury in lots of baby-food manufacturers.
Even low ranges of those metals could cause “irreversible harm to mind growth,” stated the Subcommittee on Financial and Shopper Coverage.
“Shocked by what she learn, she instantly stopped feeding [her son] the contaminated Child Meals Merchandise and returned the remaining merchandise she nonetheless had,” the court docket paperwork say of Partitions.
The mother is now planning to have a health care provider test her son’s blood ranges for heavy metals and “can be arranging” for her son to obtain special-education companies to assist with any developmental delays “that will come up because of his consumption of elevated ranges of poisonous heavy metals within the tainted child meals merchandise,” the court docket papers say.
Partitions “is a devoted and loving mom who locations a premium on making certain her son is wholesome, and consumes meals that may maintain him wholesome, rising and creating,” the paperwork say.
She relied on these 5 manufacturers’ “representations and reputations” and regarded their child meals and “particularly their natural child meals, to be the ‘gold commonplace,’ ” the swimsuit says.
Partitions filed her lawsuit as a possible class-action case since many different individuals might have additionally fed their infants tainted meals, the swimsuit explains.
There have already been different US lawsuits filed based mostly on the congressional report.
Partitions is suing for unspecified damages and in search of further testing for poisonous heavy metals within the merchandise.
“For years, these baby-food corporations have identified that their merchandise contained excessive ranges of poisonous heavy metals,” stated plaintiff lawyer Christopher Leung of the regulation agency Pollock Cohen LLP. “That’s unacceptable, and we intend to carry these corporations accountable.”
A rep for the Campbell Soup Firm, which owns Plum, informed The Put up in an e-mailed assertion Friday, “Campbell is assured within the security and high quality of our merchandise.
“The corporate doesn’t touch upon pending litigation, however we do intend to defend this case vigorously.”
The 4 different corporations didn’t instantly return requests for remark.