A new study released earlier this month concluded that potentially hazardous nanoparticles were identified in powdered baby formula products made by Gerber, Enfamil, Similac, and Well Beginnings. According to the results, six out of six of the products that were tested contained unlabeled nanotechnologies. These nano-sized particles and structures included nano-hydroxyapatite in both non-needle and needle-like forms, nano titanium dioxide, and nano silicon dioxide.
According to the researchers, nanotechnologies are accelerating at such a quick pace that the regulatory authorities cannot keep up with ensuring that these new products are incorporated into our food system safely. This is particularly essential for infants, babies, and toddlers who are still developing and highly susceptible to toxins and other dangerous foods.
The companies that manufacture these brands include Nestle, Mead Johnson, Abbot Laboratories, and Walgreens. The researchers issued letters to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, asking them to remove the formulas containing the nanomaterials and to impose a cessation on the incorporation of these nanoparticles in baby formula until their safety has been assessed properly. They also call for stricter oversight of nanotechnologies in food products and call for a labeling program to be established.
The researchers also sent a letter to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, informing them about workers who handle these ingredients and products. Finally, a letter was sent to each of the companies that manufacture these products, requesting that they no longer use these nanoparticles in baby formula products. They’ve also circulated a petition for consumers to sign that calls for these producers to pull these products from the market until their safety can be better evaluated.
If you have been injured by a dangerous product or contaminated food, you can bring a lawsuit against the manufacturer to seek compensation for your injuries. There are a variety of causes of actions that may apply to your claim, including strict product liability, negligence, and breach of warranty. In a strict product liability claim, you must show that the product was designed in an unreasonably unsafe manner, suffered from a defect during the manufacturing process, or failed to include labels and instructions ensuring the product’s safe use. It may be the case that the presence of the nanoparticles or the lack of warnings regarding the nanoparticles’ presence rendered the baby formula products unreasonably dangerous.
A negligence claim requires the plaintiff to establish that the defendant failed to exercise due care when designing, making, and labeling the product.
At Moll Law Group, we have assisted many families with bringing a claim to seek compensation from a product manufacturer. This includes claims on behalf of injured children and their parents. Dangerous product claims require extensive investigation and often involve going up against large corporations that have substantial legal resources. Our team of seasoned child injury lawyers is well versed in handling these matters and knows what it takes to bring a forceful claim. We proudly serve clients throughout the United States, including in Illinois, Florida, New York, and California. Call us at 312-462-1700 or contact us online to set up your free, confidential consultation.