NEW YORK, February 23, 2021 / PRNewswire / – A Staten Island mother of one-year-old boy just filed a class action lawsuit against leading baby food manufacturers, represented by her attorneys Pollock Cohen LLP. The lawsuit alleges that some of the most popular baby foods – often marketed as “organic” – contain dangerous levels of heavy metals. In some products, the level of dangerous heavy metals is two hundred times higher than the safe amounts.
Michelle Walls filed the complaint on behalf of herself, her son and all others alike in the Federal District Court for the Eastern District of new York, sure Wednesday February 17, 2021.
Defendants in this case include some of the best-known and most important brands in the baby food industry: Beech-Nut, Earth’s Best Organic, Gerber, Happy Family Organics and Plum Organics.
The basis of the trial is a February 4 report by United States House of Representatives Subcommittee on Economic and Consumer Policy. The report found that these brands of baby food contain high and / or dangerous levels of toxic heavy metals, including arsenic, cadmium, lead and mercury. The FDA has set safety standards for the amount of heavy metals that can be found in water, candies, and juices – but not in specific baby foods – and the defendants’ products greatly exceed this level. security.
The congressional report details several instances where defendants knew these toxic elements exceeded not only government safety guidelines, but also their own internal standards.
This action is the first lawsuit brought against several defendants. He is also the first to allege violations and make claims on behalf of parents as well as their children. Violations on behalf of parents focus on their role as consumers: being misled into purchasing products that they have been told are safe for their children. Claims on behalf of children focus on potential health consequences and the need for medical surveillance. The complaint alleges violations of new York consumer protection laws and includes claims for intentional misrepresentation, negligent misrepresentation, fraudulent concealment, unjust enrichment, breach of warranty, negligence, gross negligence and strict product liability.
The House report notes that children’s exposure to toxic heavy metals can lead to a permanent decrease in IQ, an increased risk of future criminal and antisocial behavior, and “incurable and often permanent” brain damage. Mrs. Wall is now having her son tested. But unfortunately, seven full blood vials are needed to test for these heavy metals – a difficult and sometimes painful experience for any child.
The plaintiff’s lawyer, Christopher leung, a partner of Pollock Cohen LLP said, “For years these baby food companies have known that their products contain high levels of toxic heavy metals. This is unacceptable, and we intend to hold these companies accountable.
The index number for the case is 1: 21-cv-00870.
Christopher Leung, Esq.
Partner, Pollock Cohen LLP
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