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.
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