Toxic Baby Food Lawsuit & Autism Lawyers

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Toxic Baby Food Lawsuit & Autism Lawyers

Carter Law Group’s autism lawyers are investigating toxic baby food lawsuits. Toxic heavy metals have been found in many baby food products.

Heavy metals such as arsenic, lead, cadmium, and mercury can affect the developing brains of young children, even at low levels. These metals have been linked to ADHD and autism. Currently, U.S. Food and Drug Administration is working to remove these metals from infant foods.

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Toxic Metals in Baby Food

Women whose babies and toddlers were diagnosed with Autism & ADHD after eating toxic baby food containing heavy metals such as lead, cadmium, arsenic, and mercury are filing lawsuits against negligent manufacturers of baby foods.

Even though there is no substantial proof that a stunning and unacceptable level of heavy metals is in every spoonful of baby food, brands proven to contain toxic heavy metals in baby food are:

  • Gerber
  • Parents Choice (Walmart)
  • Sprout Organic
  • Earth’s Best Organic (Hain Celestial Group)
  • Beech-Nut
  • Happy Family, Happy Baby, Happy Tot, Happy Kids (Nurture)
  • Plum Organics

Lawsuits have been filed by parents who claim their child developed autism and/or ADHD from eating baby food containing toxic metals. Call (214) 390-4173 or get a free case evaluation to see if you qualify.

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Do you Need a Baby Food Toxic Metals-Autism Lawyer?

Carter Law Group is a true advocate for their clients and is passionate about helping women and their babies that have been injured or wronged. Carter Law Group is a woman-owned law firm of women helping women. We understand what is important to women and how to litigate for their female clients effectively.

If your baby was diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder, you should contact Carter Law Group lawyers immediately! You may be entitled to compensation by filing a lawsuit.

The United States Congress and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration have concluded baby foods contain unacceptable levels of toxic heavy metals that are known to cause Autism Spectrum Disorders and ADHD in children. If your child was diagnosed, contact autism lawyers from Carter Law Group, a female-owned law firm specializing in toxic baby food lawsuits.

Submit your case today or call (214) 390-4173.

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The Autism Spectrum Disorder Baby Food Issue

Autism Spectrum Disorders are escalating in the U.S. faster than in any other country in the world. In the United States, 1 in 44 children is diagnosed with autism spectrum disorders. Elsewhere in the world, only 1 in 100 children are diagnosed with autism spectrum disorders. In the U.S., Autism diagnoses have risen 178 percent since 2000.

What is Autism Spectrum Disorder?

Autism Spectrum Disorder is a range of developmental disorders that affect verbal and non-verbal communication. People with autism have a range of symptoms but commonly have deficits in communication and social skills, limited interests, sensory issues, and repetitive behaviors.

How Autism Spectrum Disorder Is Linked With Baby Food?

The NIH (National Institutes of Health) published a study in 2021 that found additional evidence added to existing literature regarding the potential role of toxic metals found in baby food in children’s behavioral disorders such as autism spectrum disorders and ADHD.

An analysis of 50 randomly chosen nationally distributed packaged foods for babies and toddlers in September 2022 by Consumers Reports Food Safety Division (CR) found products with higher rice content were the most problematic since rice regularly contains higher levels of inorganic arsenic, cadmium, and lead. CR scientists determined that heavy metals in combination are more detrimental to normal neurobehavioral development.

Unfortunately, even with knowledge of the CR study and with declarations by the U.S. Congress and the FDA, U.S. infant nutrition products containing more than 12 times the FDA-published safety recommendations continue to be sold in grocery stores and online without interruption.


Because the U.S. Food & Drug Administration refuses to enforce tighter regulations on baby food producers.

Unfortunately, very few parents are aware that many popular baby foods commonly contain toxic heavy metals that are known to cause various forms of brain damage and Autism spectrum disorders. Some of the worst offenders are baby foods containing rice, sweet potatoes, carrots, and fruit juice, but many other ingredients can be contaminated with toxic metals, like vitamins, minerals, or enzymes.

What is the Risk of Autism Spectrum Disorders from contaminated Baby Foods?

Babies who eat food that is contaminated by toxic metals may develop serious health problems. In recent years, studies have found evidence that baby food may be linked to Autism Spectrum Disorder — but unfortunately, few parents are aware of the risk because there are no warning labels. Manufacturers rarely issue any recalls since The U.S. Food & Drug Administration is not enforcing its rules on baby food manufacturers.

Source: Exposure to Aluminum, Cadmium, and Mercury and Autism Spectrum Disorder in Children: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis: Rosalind Sulaiman, Meng Wang, and Xuefeng Ren. Chemical Research in Toxicology 2020 33 (11), 2699-2718 DOI: 10.1021/acs.chemrestox.0c00167.

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Baby Food Recalls for Toxic Metals

Here are two examples of baby foods that were recalled due to high levels of arsenic in the rice ingredients:

Why Does Baby Food Contain Toxic Metals?

Toxic metals are found naturally in the environment, but they can also contaminate farmland due to human activities — for example, using certain pesticides or fertilizers, mining activities, using wastewater or sewage to water crops, or growing food on land that is downwind of an industrial site, or located on a former dump for toxic chemicals.

Arsenic in Rice

Rice is a particularly high-risk food for arsenic contamination. Arsenic is common in the soil and water in many regions of the world where rice is grown. Farmers flood rice paddy fields with rice that is contaminated with arsenic, and over time, arsenic accumulates in the soil. Rice plants also absorb more arsenic compared to other crops.

Healthy Babies (HBBF) Report

In October 2019, Healthy Babies & Bright Futures (HBBF) investigation found that 95% of tested baby foods contained toxic metals that can harm brain development. Alarmingly, many of the baby foods they tested (especially products with rice, sweet potatoes, and fruit juice) contained dangerous amounts of mercury, lead, arsenic, and cadmium, which have the highest risk of causing neurotoxic side effects like autism.

United States Congressional Report

In October 2021, a Congressional Subcommittee report confirmed that many popular baby foods contained dangerously high levels of toxic metals — but manufacturers did not issue recalls.

For example, some baby foods contained 91-times the FDA limit for arsenic in bottled water, 177-times the FDA limit for lead, 69-times the FDA limit for cadmium, 5-times the FDA limit for mercury.

The authors of the report warned:

“Manufacturers knowingly sell these products to unsuspecting parents, in spite of internal company standards and test results, and without any warning label whatsoever.”

Types of Autism Spectrum Disorders

  • Autism
  • Asperger’s Syndrome
  • Rett Syndrome
  • Childhood Disintegrative Disorder
  • Kanner’s Syndrome
  • Pervasive Developmental Disorder

Toxic Baby Food Lawsuits

Angry parents who fed their children baby food contaminated by heavy metals have filed dozens of lawsuits. These lawsuits accuse manufacturers of putting profits over public safety.

In recent years, a growing number of individual lawsuits have also been filed for children with autism. These parents are seeking justice and financial compensation for their child’s pain and suffering, medical expenses, decreased quality of life, and more.

Do You Need a Baby Food Toxic Metals Autism Spectrum Disorder Lawyer in Texas?

Carter Law Group is a true advocate for their clients and is passionate about helping women that have been injured or wronged due to the negligence of manufacturers of baby food and other harmful products that cause Autism Spectrum Disorders in Babies and toddlers.

Carter Law Group has had amazing success in the courtroom. Their well-known dedication to clients has earned them the recognition of their peers as one of “Best Personal Injury Attorney in Dallas 2020-2021 D Magazine,” “Super Lawyers,” and “Best Lawyers Under 40.”

Carter Law Group has assembled a team of trial autism lawyers with more than 40 years of combined litigation experience, participation in over 600 jury trials, and over $200 million in verdicts and/or settlements to lead the fight against negligent manufacturers of baby foods that contain unacceptable levels of heavy metals that are known to cause Autism Spectrum Disorders in babies and Children. Please use the form below to contact our law firm for a free case review.

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Additional Reports from CDC

Signs and Symptoms of Autism Spectrum Disorder

Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a developmental disability caused by differences in the brain. People with ASD often have problems with social communication, interaction, and restricted or repetitive behaviors or interests. People with ASD may also have different ways of learning, moving, or paying attention. It is important to note that some people without ASD might also have some of these symptoms. But for people with ASD, these characteristics can make life very challenging.

Social Communication and Interaction Skills

Social communication and interaction skills can be challenging for people with ASD.

Examples of social communication and social interaction characteristics related to ASD can include

  • Avoids or does not keep eye contact
  • Does not respond to name by 9 months of age
  • Does not show facial expressions like happy, sad, angry, and surprised by 9 months of age
  • Does not play simple interactive games like pat-a-cake by 12 months of age
  • Uses few or no gestures by 12 months of age (for example, does not wave goodbye)
  • Does not share interests with others by 15 months of age (for example, shows you an object that they like)
  • Does not point to show you something interesting by 18 months of age
  • Does not notice when others are hurt or upset by 24 months of age
  • Does not notice other children and join them in play by 36 months of age
  • Does not pretend to be something else, like a teacher or superhero, during play by 48 months of age
  • Does not sing, dance, or act for you by 60 months of age

Restricted or Repetitive Behaviors or Interests

People with ASD have behaviors or interests that can seem unusual. These behaviors or interests set ASD apart from conditions defined by problems with social communication and interaction only.

Examples of restricted or repetitive behaviors and interests related to ASD can include

  • Lines up toys or other objects and gets upset when order is changed
  • Repeats words or phrases over and over (called echolalia)
  • Plays with toys the same way every time
  • Is focused on parts of objects (for example, wheels)
  • Gets upset by minor changes
  • Has obsessive interests
  • Must follow certain routines
  • Flaps hands, rocks body, or spins self in circles
  • Has unusual reactions to the way things sound, smell, taste, look, or feel

Other Characteristics

Most people with ASD have other related characteristics. These might include

  • Delayed language skills
  • Delayed movement skills
  • Delayed cognitive or learning skills
  • Hyperactive, impulsive, and/or inattentive behavior
  • Epilepsy or seizure disorder
  • Unusual eating and sleeping habits
  • Gastrointestinal issues (for example, constipation)
  • Unusual mood or emotional reactions
  • Anxiety, stress, or excessive worry
  • Lack of fear or more fear than expected

It is important to note that children with ASD may not have all or any of the behaviors listed as examples here.

If you need help claiming compensation for your child who has been diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder and the child was fed baby food brands as listed above, contact Carter Law Group for a free case evaluation or call (214) 390-4173.

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