How many children have been exposed to heavy metals from toxic baby food?

By Treven Pyles

Posted on December 29th, 2021

Commercial baby food appeared on the market in the early 20th century, as before, there was no category of infant or toddler products on the shelves. However, there might have been heavy metals in store baby food ever since the beginning, which makes you wonder - how many children have been fed toxic products until now?

Baby food manufactured by companies such as Gerber was introduced on the American market in the late 1920s. Prior to baby food becoming a store product, parents would feed their children soft foods such as pureed bananas, apples, pears, and sweet potatoes. However, the first baby food was invented in 1867 and was Farine Lactee Henri Nestle, a powdered formula made from wheat flour, cow's milk, malt flour, and potassium bicarbonate. It was the idea of German chemist Justus von Leibig. Nevertheless, it was only during the first half of the last century that store baby food took off.

Since infants and toddlers were no longer fed natural, homemade food, the risk of exposure to cadmium, arsenic, lead, and mercury from store baby food appeared. It is not clear when products manufactured for the consumption of children began containing alarming concentrations of heavy metals, but for the sake of the estimation we are going to make in this article, we will assume that the industrialization brought with it unethical practices for a lot of companies and, thereby, manufacturers have been not paying much attention to the toxic agents in their products since the beginning.

Determining how many children might have ingested alarming concentrations of heavy metals from store food

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, in 2017, most infants, namely 84%, were breastfed, whereas only 58% were still breastfed at 6 months. The percentage of infants who were also given formula in addition to breast milk was 19%, which means that roughly 39% of infants were exclusively breastfed. Therefore, a little over 60% of infants were fed baby food until they became toddlers. After World War II, a whopping 90% of the babies in the U.S. were fed store baby food. Therefore, we can suppose that between 1945 and 2021, approximately 75% of infants and toddlers were given commercial baby food.

We should now look at the number of children born between 1945 and 2021. The numbers are as follows, but keep in mind that these are estimates:

  • 3.2 million children born each year between 1945 and 1950
  • 4 million children born each year between 1950 and 1955
  • 4.2 million children born each year between 1955 and 1960
  • 4.2 million children born each year between 1960 and 1965
  • 3.5 million children born each year between 1965 and 1970
  • 3.1 children born each year between 1970 and 1975
  • 3.3 children born each year between 1975 and 1980
  • 3.6 million babies born each year between 1980 and 1985
  • 3.8 million children born each year between 1985 and 1990
  • 4 million children born each year between 1990 and 1995
  • 3.9 million children born each year between 1995 and 2000
  • 4 million children born each year between 2000 and 2005

Over recent years, approximately 3.6 million children have been born each year. Therefore, roughly 284 million infants and toddlers were born between 1945 and 2021. Because out of these children, 75% were fed store baby food, 213 million children born within this timeframe were given commercial baby food. Nevertheless, to bring the numbers up to date, it is important to know that between 2009 and 2021, approximately 32 million children were fed baby food from the store. Consequently, at least 32 million children are now at risk of developing autism, as the disorder can also occur in older children.

The criteria for filing a toxic baby food claim our law firm use include the requirement that your child must have developed autism before the age of 15. If you fed your baby tainted food and they came to struggle with a disorder on the autism spectrum, we advise you to contact our legal team, as you are most likely eligible to file a claim on behalf of your child.

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File your toxic baby food claim with our expert assistance

In the regrettable case that your child developed autism after being fed toxic baby food, we encourage you to contact our legal staff, as we can help you file a claim to receive financial compensation from the liable companies. To initiate the legal process, you only have to give us a call, explain your situation, answer our questions, and send us a series of basic documents, including your child's medical records.

After our skilled attorneys evaluate your case, they will let you know whether you can file a toxic baby food claim. If you can, they will quickly begin working on it. You can continue focusing on your child during the waiting time, as we will do the difficult and complex work for you. Ultimately, you will benefit from the compensation you deserve for your child's distress.