Nutraceutrical Corp. and Graceleigh Inc., were hit with a lawsuit by California Attorney General Xavier Becerra over claims that the companies’ toddler formulas contained dangerously high levels of lead – 14 to 16 times higher than state requirements for businesses to issue lead exposure warnings.
Natraceuticals, which makes Peaceful Planet Toddler Supreme, and Graceleigh, which makes Sammy’s Milk Free-Range Goat Milk Toddler Formula, agreed to stop selling their products in California after receiving a cease-and-desist letter from the attorney general earlier this month.
Becerra called the issue “a parent’s worst nightmare. Toddler formula should contain nutrients that help children grow, not poisonous substances that can threaten their healthy development. No parent should have to worry that the formula they purchase could endanger their child.”
A buildup of lead in the body can lead to lead poisoning. Young children are especially at risk for complications. Lead poisoning can lead to developmental delays, abdominal pain, neurologic changes, and irritability. At very high levels, it can be fatal, according to the Mayo Clinic.
The complaint, filed in partnership by district attorneys of 10 California counties, was filed in Alameda County Superior Court. It accuses Nutraceutrical and Graceleigh of violating California’s Unfair Competition Law, False Advertising Law, and Proposition 65.
“The legal action we take today puts all manufacturers on notice,” Becera said. “The California Department of Justice will hold you accountable for gambling with our children’s health.”