Staten Island mom sues baby-food brands over toxic heavy metals

Staten Island mom sues baby-food brands over toxic heavy metals


A Staten Island mom is suing five baby-food brands after a recent congressional report found toxic levels of heavy metals in some of their products, new court papers show.

Michelle Walls says she bought baby food from Beech-Nut Nutrition company, The Hain Celestial Group Inc, Happy Family Organics, Gerber and Plum PBC between July 2020 and February 2021 — feeding the “tainted” food to her 1-year-old son for six months, according to a Brooklyn federal lawsuit filed Wednesday.

Then the mom saw the media coverage Feb. 6 about the congressional report, which revealed that there were “significant levels” of heavy metals including arsenic, lead, cadmium and mercury in many baby-food brands.

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Even low levels of these metals can cause “irreversible damage to brain development,” said the Subcommittee on Economic and Consumer Policy.

“Shocked by what she read, she immediately stopped feeding [her son] the tainted Baby Food Products and returned the remaining products she still had,” the court documents

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