Nurture Inc. Lawsuit for Heavy Metals in Baby Food

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Jessie Paluch
Jessie Paluch

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Key takeaways:

  • Nurture's HappyBABY foods were named in a Congressional report for containing unsafe levels of toxic heavy metals like arsenic, lead and cadmium despite claiming to be healthy for babies' development.
  • Low-income children and babies may face the highest risks from contaminated foods, as some Nurture/HappyBABY foods were designated for WIC participants. All children deserve a healthy start in life.
  • Early childhood exposure to even small amounts of these toxic heavy metals can cause lifelong struggles with learning, speech, attention and behavior regulation issues. Nurture owes families answers and compensation for potential permanent harm to developing brains.

Overview of the Nurture Inc. Lawsuit

On this page, we’ll provide an overview of the Nurture Inc. lawsuit for heavy metals in baby food, legal basis for the Nurture Inc. baby food lawsuit, allegations against Nurture Inc. in the toxic baby food lawsuit, and much more.

Nurture Inc. Lawsuit for Heavy Metals in Baby Food

Intro to the Nurture Inc. Lawsuit

Key aspects of the Nurture Inc. lawsuit include, but are not limited to:

  • Initiated after a Congressional report revealed unsafe levels of toxic heavy metals in baby foods
  • Focuses on Nurture’s HappyBABY brand products
  • Alleges that the company knowingly sold contaminated baby food
  • Claims Nurture misled consumers about the safety and quality of their products
  • Seeks compensation for affected families and stricter safety standards in the baby food industry

If your child regularly consumed Happy BABY or other Nurture baby foods and was diagnosed with autism, ADHD, or other neurodevelopmental disorders, you may qualify for compensation.

Contact TruLaw using the chat on this page for a free consultation to see if you are eligible to file a claim in the Nurture lawsuit today.

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Allegations Against Nurture Inc. in the Baby Food Lawsuit

Nurture, Inc., the parent company of Happy Family Organics baby foods, faces lawsuits alleging their products contain unsafe levels of toxic heavy metals.

The Nurture Inc. lawsuit claims the company failed to disclose and properly address this contamination despite internal testing showing high amounts of heavy metals in their foods.

This case is part of a broader legal action against several major baby food brands, which has prompted many parents to seek advice from a baby food lawyer.

Heavy Metal Contamination in Nurture’s Baby Foods

According to a Congressional report released in February 2021, testing data from Nurture showed concerning levels of arsenic, lead, cadmium and mercury in their finished baby foods and ingredients.

The report revealed that Nurture’s products frequently exceeded the company’s own internal limits for these toxic metals.

Some specific findings include:

  • Nurture sold baby foods containing as much as 180 ppb inorganic arsenic, despite setting an internal limit of 100 ppb.
  • Over 25% of Nurture’s products contained over 5 ppb cadmium, the EPA’s maximum limit for drinking water.
  • Many ingredients used by Nurture tested over 20 ppb lead, exceeding the company’s self-imposed 5 ppb limit.
  • Sixty-five percent of Nurture’s finished products contained more than 5 ppb lead.

These levels present serious health risks to babies and toddlers, who are very vulnerable to the effects of toxic metals.

Even low levels of arsenic, lead, cadmium and mercury can impair development and cause lifelong deficits in intelligence.

Nurture’s Failure to Disclose Heavy Metal Levels

The Nurture Inc. lawsuits allege that the company marketed their products as healthy and safe despite knowing about these high levels of heavy metals.

Plaintiffs argue that Nurture had a duty to disclose this contamination or take steps to reduce the heavy metals in its products but failed to do so.

Nurture’s CEO did not fully cooperate with the Congressional subcommittee’s investigation and provided no specific documents showing their products were safe.

Plaintiffs in the Nurture Inc. Baby Food Lawsuit

Parents across the country have filed lawsuits against Nurture and other baby food companies after learning their children may have been exposed to unsafe levels of toxic metals.

Some cases involve child-developed autism, attention disorders, and other neurodevelopmental issues who regularly ate Nurture’s baby foods.

Families Affected by Heavy Metals in Nurture’s Products

Many parents are understandably outraged to learn that products they trusted to be safe and nutritious for their babies were actually contaminated with dangerous toxins.

The Nurture Inc. lawsuits seek justice and compensation for families harmed by this deception and for Nurture’s negligence in allowing these contaminated foods to be sold.

Some of the plaintiffs’ stories demonstrate just how devastating the impact of Nurture’s actions can be on babies and their loved ones.

Health Issues Linked to Toxic Metals in Baby Food

Studies have shown that exposure to heavy metals during a child’s first years of development can put them at elevated risk for:

  • Lower IQ and cognitive impairment
  • Speech and language disorders
  • Attention deficit disorders
  • Behavioral and social problems
  • Hearing and vision impairment
  • Motor skill deficits
  • Increased risk of certain cancers
  • Immune system impairment

Even amounts of heavy metals previously thought to be “safe” can still cause irreversible harm to a baby’s developing brain.

There is no established safe level of these metals for infants.

Legal Basis for the Nurture Inc. Baby Food Lawsuit

The Nurture Inc. baby food lawsuits allege several legal violations by the company, including failure to warn consumers and negligent misrepresentation of the safety of their products.

Organizations like Healthy Babies Bright Futures continue to push for reforms to ensure the safety of baby food maker Nurture products and protect the health of infants and young children.

Violation of Consumer Protection Laws by Nurture Inc.

Plaintiffs argue that Nurture’s failure to disclose the heavy metal contamination in their baby foods violates state consumer protection laws that prohibit companies from engaging in false or misleading advertising.

By marketing their products as healthy, high-quality and beneficial for babies without revealing the presence of toxins, Nurture misled parents into purchasing foods they thought were safe but actually exposed their children to harm.

Negligence & Breach of Warranty Claims Against Nurture

The lawsuits also accuse Nurture of negligence for allowing baby foods with elevated heavy metals to be sold and for not properly testing ingredients and finished products for these contaminants.

Plaintiffs claim Nurture breached their implied warranty that their baby foods were fit for consumption by containing dangerous levels of heavy metals.

Status of the Nurture Inc. Baby Food Lawsuit Case

The Nurture Inc. lawsuits have been consolidated into multidistrict litigation (MDL) in the Eastern District of New York, along with similar cases against other baby food manufacturers like Beech-Nut and Gerber.

MDLs allow cases with common factual and legal issues to be coordinated under one court for more efficient proceedings during the pretrial and discovery process.

Current Progress & Updates on the Nurture Inc. Lawsuit

As of July 2022, the Nurture Inc. MDL is still in the early stages.

The court has appointed leadership for the plaintiffs’ counsel and is overseeing the gathering and review of evidence.

Nurture has previously tried to get some of the consumer protection claims dismissed but this motion was denied by the court.

The cases continue to move forward as more affected families come forward.

Potential Outcomes & Settlements in the Nurture Case

If the plaintiffs prevail in the Nurture Inc. lawsuits, the courts could award significant damages to compensate families for medical expenses, ongoing care needs, pain and suffering, and more.

The courts may also consider granting punitive damages to punish Nurture for their actions and deter other companies from similar misconduct.

As more evidence comes to light, Nurture may be motivated to try to reach settlements with the plaintiffs rather than continue litigation and risk a costly verdict against them at trial.

Previous lawsuits against food companies for mislabeling, deceptive marketing, and contamination have resulted in multi-million dollar settlements paid out to affected consumers.

How to Join the Nurture Inc. Baby Food Lawsuit

Parents who believe their child may have been harmed by heavy metals in Nurture’s Happy BABY or other baby food products should contact an experienced law firm right away to discuss their legal rights and options.

Eligibility Criteria for the Nurture Inc. Lawsuit

An attorney can review your family’s specific circumstances and advise whether you may have a baby food contamination claim against Nurture.

Generally, you may qualify to file a claim against Nurture as part of the baby food heavy metals lawsuit if:

  • Your child regularly consumed Happy BABY or other Nurture baby foods
  • Your child was diagnosed with autism, ADHD, or other neurodevelopmental disorders
  • You can demonstrate your child ate these sprout foods during the timeframe in question
  • Your child does not have a family history or other more likely explanation for their diagnosis

Process for Joining the Baby Food Lawsuit Against Nurture

To get started, contact an attorney handling these cases for a free consultation.

If they determine you likely qualify, they can begin gathering documentation like pediatric medical records and product purchase receipts.

Your lawyer can file an individual baby food class action lawsuit on your behalf or add your claim to an existing consolidated action against Nurture.

They will guide you through each step of the process and fight to secure the justice and recovery your family deserves.

TruLaw: Legal Advocates for Nurture Inc. Lawsuit Plaintiffs

TruLaw is currently representing parents across the country in lawsuits against Nurture and other baby food manufacturers over the issue of heavy metals.

Our firm has extensive experience litigating complex defective products and consumer protection cases.

We have the resources and knowledge to hold companies accountable for the harm caused by their negligence.

TruLaw’s Experience with Baby Food Injury Lawsuits

Our attorneys understand the immense toll a child’s neurodevelopmental issues can take on a family and are committed to pursuing the maximum compensation possible.

We offer free consultations and work on a contingency basis, so there are no upfront or out-of-pocket costs for our clients.

We only get paid if we win a jury award or settlement for you.

Contact TruLaw for Help with Your Nurture Inc. Claim

If you believe your child may have a case against Nurture or other baby food companies, contact TruLaw today to learn more about your family’s legal options.

Our team is available 24/7 to provide the answers and guidance you need during this difficult time.

We can determine if you qualify for a Nurture Inc. lawsuit claim and advise you of important deadlines and next steps.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • What baby food brands are involved in the heavy metals litigation?

    Nurture Inc., Beech-Nut, Gerber, and Hain Celestial (Earth’s Best Organic) face lawsuits after a Congressional report revealed high levels of arsenic, lead, cadmium, and mercury in their products.

    The suits claim they misled parents about these contaminants.

  • What did the Congressional report find about Nurture's Happy BABY foods?

    Nurture is a company that owns Happy Family Brands and sells baby food under the brand name Happy BABY.

    Over 25% of Nurture’s products exceeded the maximum allowable cadmium level for drinking water, with many also containing high arsenic and lead.

    Nurture frequently violated its own internal limits but still marketed products as safe.

  • How can I tell if my child has a claim against Nurture or others?

    Your child may qualify if they regularly ate the baby foods in question and were diagnosed with autism, ADHD or another neurodevelopmental condition.

    Factors like timing and medical history determine eligibility.

    Consult an attorney for a free case review.

  • What are the risks of heavy metals in baby foods?

    Even low levels of arsenic, lead and other heavy metals can permanently harm a baby’s developing brain, leading to IQ deficits, learning and behavioral challenges, and speech and motor issues.

    There is no established safe level of exposure.

  • How do I join the baby food lawsuit against Nurture?

    Contact a law firm handling the toxic baby food litigation to see if you qualify.

    They can pursue compensation for medical expenses, ongoing care needs, and your family’s suffering.

    Look for attorneys with relevant experience and a track record of fighting for children’s health.

Written By:
Jessie Paluch
Jessie Paluch

Experienced Attorney & Legal SaaS CEO

With over 25 years of legal experience, Jessie is an Illinois lawyer, a CPA, and a mother of three.  She spent the first decade of her career working as an international tax attorney at Deloitte.

In 2009, Jessie co-founded her own law firm with her husband – which has scaled to over 30 employees since its conception.

In 2016, Jessie founded TruLaw, which allows her to collaborate with attorneys and legal experts across the United States on a daily basis. This hypervaluable network of experts is what enables her to share reliable legal information with her readers!

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