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HappyBaby is a popular brand of baby food manufactured by Nurture Inc. and sold at Walmart stores across the United States.

Last year, a survey found that many popular baby foods, including HappyBaby brand products, contain dangerous levels of toxic heavy metals such as mercury, lead, arsenic and cadmium. When infants and young children are exposed to these metals, they can cause serious neurological disorders such as ADHD and autism.

Our toxic baby food attorneys are currently researching new cases of children (and their parents) who consumed HappyBaby baby food and were subsequently diagnosed with autism, attention deficit disorder ( ADD or ADHD) or other neurological health conditions.


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HappyBaby brand baby food contains high levels of toxic metals

Some heavy metals such as arsenic, lead, mercury and cadmium are very harmful to the human body. Significant exposure to these metals has been shown to cause neurological problems in the developing brains of children.

On February 4, 2021, a report was released by the U.S. House of Representatives Consumer and Economic Policy Subcommittee titled Baby Foods Are Contaminated With Dangerous Levels of Arsenic, Lead, Cadmium and Mercury (the “Congress Report”). The Congressional report details the findings of the subcommittee’s investigation into the presence of toxic heavy metals in commercial baby foods. The Congress report found that HappyBaby and other popular baby food brands contain alarming levels of toxic heavy metals: arsenic, lead, cadmium and mercury.

Heavy Metal Levels in HappyBaby Brand Baby Foods

The congressional report found harmful levels of toxic metals in baby food products from 7 of the largest US manufacturers, including Nuture Inc., which sells baby food products under the popular HappyBaby and Happy Family Organics brands. HappyBaby brand products are sold by Walmart stores nationwide. Detailed levels of heavy metals found in different food brands are presented in the Congress report. Nurture’s HappyBaby brand products had some of the highest levels of hazardous metals in almost every category compared to any other brand.

(a) Arsenic levels in HappyBaby baby food

Inorganic arsenic is considered the worst and most harmful of all the heavy metals covered by the Congress report. Exposure to arsenic during infancy and childhood has been associated with an increased rate of neurological disorders and can also damage the central nervous system.

According to standards set by the FDA, the maximum safe level for arsenic in bottled water is 10 ppb. The Congressional report found that Nurture (HappyBaby) was selling baby food products after internal tests showed they contained up to 180 ppb of inorganic arsenic, or 18 times the maximum limit. Over 25% of HappyBaby food products sold by Nuture contained over 100 ppb of inorganic arsenic and the average level of arsenic in HappBaby products was approximately 60 ppb, or 6 times the safe limit.

(b) Lead levels in HappyBaby baby food

The second most harmful heavy metal known to pose a threat to human health is lead. Lead exposure is harmful even at very low levels and is associated with a range of adverse health problems, particularly neurological and cognitive development problems in children.

The maximum safe level for lead in drinking water, as established by the FDA, is 5 ppb. The maximum safe lead level in juice is 20 ppb. The Congress report found that Nurture’s HappyBaby brand food products had the highest lead levels of any other brand. Nurture admitted to selling HappyBaby-branded finished products tested at 641 ppb of lead, which is 128 times the FDA’s maximum safe limit. Over 20% of all HappyBaby brand products contained 10 ppb of lead, still double the maximum limit.

(c) Mercury levels in HappyBaby baby food

Mercury ranks behind only arsenic and lead in terms of the most toxic heavy metals involved in Congress’ baby food report. Current research has established that prenatal exposure to mercury can directly cause adverse neurodevelopment. Blood levels of mercury in toddlers have also been positively associated with increased rates of autism.

The FDA has set a safe maximum mercury level for drinking water at 2 ppb. This is the lowest maximum safe level of all heavy metals. Nurture was one of the few companies that actually tested products for mercury. These tests revealed that HappyBaby brand food products were sold containing up to 10 ppb of mercury, which is 5 times higher than the maximum safe limit set by the FDA.

(d) Cadmium levels in HappyBaby baby food

Cadmium ranks 4th on the list of the most dangerous toxic metals in baby food. Exposure to cadmium at a young age has been linked to lower IQ and the development of various disorders such as ADD later in life. According to the FDA, the safe upper limit for cadmium in drinking water is 5 ppb. The Congress report found that 75% of HappyBaby food products sold by Nurture contained cadmium above the maximum safe level of 5 ppb.

Heavy metals in baby food may cause autism

The health hazards of heavy metals have been known for a long time. However, there is a growing body of medical evidence suggesting that exposure to these materials can lead to the development of autism, ADD and other neurological disorders. When children are exposed to these metals during infancy or gestation, they show higher rates of autism.

The impact of prenatal and early childhood mercury exposures was the subject of a 2014 study that was one of the first to definitively find a link between mercury and autism. The study found that environmental exposure to mercury caused a twofold increase in the risk of being diagnosed with autism or ADD. In Korea, a very similar study was conducted and published in 2017 that found a similar association between mercury exposure and autism/ADD rates.

In a 2019 meta-analysis study published by a research team from the University at Buffalo, exposure to arsenic in early childhood was found to be linked to higher rates of autism. The following year, a much more comprehensive study was published that found the exact same positive association between exposure to mercury, arsenic, and cadmium in early childhood and higher rates of autism.

Nurture HappyBaby Baby Food Autism Lawsuits

Congress’ report exposing shocking levels of toxic heavy metals in baby foods like Nurture’s HappyBaby brand products has led to a growing number of product liability lawsuits against Nurture by parents claiming their children developed autism (or other disorders). These lawsuits are based in part on the findings of the Congressional Report which make it abundantly clear that Nurture and the other manufacturers were aware that their baby food products contained heavy metals well above the maximum safe limits set by the FDA and decided to sell them anyway.

Since the release of the Congressional report in February 2021, Nurture Inc. has been named as a defendant in a growing number of consumer class action lawsuits and product liability lawsuits involving toxic metals in baby food products. Our firm is currently seeking legal action regarding toxic baby food. Call today for a free consultation.


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