Groundbreaking legal battle seeks to show toxic metals in baby food can cause autism
As the number of children diagnosed with autism hits staggering highs, a groundbreaking lawsuit seeks to hold some of America’s most trusted baby food companies at least partially responsible.
The first of its kind lawsuit is on the cusp of a monumental step forward. This month, a judge heard early arguments about the presence of toxic heavy metals in baby food, and how they may harm a child’s developing brain. It’s an issue Spotlight on America has been investigating for years. If the judge rules that the science is valid, major brands like Gerber and Beech-Nut could soon be in the hot seat in a court of law and millions of families could have potential recourse.
Spotlight on America was first to speak with the California mom who is taking on an army of industry giants on behalf of her son, claiming his autism diagnosis can be traced back to heavy metals in the food he ate as an infant.
The discovery of toxic heavy metals like lead, mercury, arsenic and cadmium in baby food is not new.
For more than a year, Spotlight on America has investigated the issue.
We tracked down the original scientists who conducted the first major testing of baby food for heavy metals in 2016. Those scientists, we discovered, tried to warn both the baby food companies and the Food and Drug Administration about what they found.
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