According to the complaints, major baby food manufacturers violated state law when they allowed high levels of arsenic, lead, cadmium and mercury to make it into finished foods, as detailed in a report released by the House of Representatives Committee on Oversight and Reform. The report, put together by the Subcommittee on Economic and Consumer Policy, says that after receiving reports of high levels of toxic heavy metals, the subcommittee asked for internal documents and test results from Nurture Inc., Beech-Nut Nutrition Co., Hain Celestial Group Inc., Gerber, Campbell Soup Co., Walmart Inc. and Sprout Foods, Inc. According to the report, food manufactured by Nurture, Beech-Nut, Hain and Gerber tested positive for Arsenic, lead and cadmium. On the basis of these findings, several class actions have been filed seeking both injunctive and monetary relief on behalf of the proposed classes of baby food purchasers including: (i) requiring full disclosure of all such substances and ingredients in Defendant’s marketing, advertising, and labeling; (ii) requiring testing of all ingredients and final products for such substances; and (iii) restoring monies to the members of the proposed Classes.
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