The state of New Mexico is filing a lawsuit against the makers of popular baby food brands claiming their products contain toxic ingredients.
New Mexico’s State Attorney General is seeking damages, restitution, civil penalties, and other remedies. The lawsuit follows the report published in February 2021 by the U.S. House of Representatives Oversight and Reform Committee, titled “Baby Foods Are Tainted With Dangerous Levels Of Arsenic, Lead, Cadmium, And Mercury” showing that products from Walmart, Kroger, and other brands contained high levels of toxic chemicals and heavy metals.*
The New Mexico State Attorney General’s complaint lists the following of individual products manufactured or sold by the defendants that, according to their internal documents, contain potentially dangerous concentrations of lead, arsenic, mercury, and/or cadmium:
- Beech-Nut, based in New York, disclosed at least 38 such products or ingredients;
- New York-based Nurture, which sells in New Mexico under the brand name Happy Baby, disclosed 16;
- Hain, also based in New York and selling products in New Mexico called Earth’s Best and Earth’s Best Sesame Street disclosed 22.
*According to the New Mexico Attorney General’s Office, the report stated that concentrations of lead, arsenic, mercury, and cadmium acknowledged by the food-makers to be in their baby products eclipse the levels of allowable levels of toxins in bottled and drinking water: including results up to 91 times the arsenic level, up to 177 times the lead level, up to 69 times the cadmium level, and up to 5 times the mercury level.