Contaminated with Harmful Substances
Many companies nowadays are pushing the health benefits of their products, knowing that consumers care about such things. But the complaint for this class action takes particular issue with General Mills, because some of its products were found to contain glyphosate, a popular weed killer used on grains and other food crops, in a study by the nonprofit Environmental Working Group (EWG).
This class action sues Nestle for making Coffee-mate coffee creamer and a number of stores for selling it. The issue? The complaint claims that during the class period, Coffee-mate contained an unsafe additive known as partially hydrogenated oil (PHO).
When American companies make generic prescription drugs, they may use active pharmaceutical ingredients (APIs) manufactured overseas, where standards may be lower. The complaint for this class action alleges that Mylan Pharmaceuticals, Mylan NV, and Rite Aid Corporation sold medicines containing valsartan contaminated with N-nitrosodiethylamine (NDEA).
These days, consumers definitely prefer healthier foods, without chemicals and additives. And companies definitely like to claim that that’s what they’re offering. Unfortunately, the complaint for this class action claims that, despite its advertising claims, Kellogg Company may be offering glyphosate, a weed killer, in certain of its breakfast foods.
If you love your pet as a member of your family, the last thing you want is to feed it something that’s harmful for it. The complaint for this class action alleges that Champion Petfoods USA, Inc. has allowed heavy metals and toxins in its dog food.
Champion Petfoods USA, Inc. makes the Orijen and Acana brands of pet food, which it claims are “biologically ‘appropriate’ pet food—as close to what animals would eat in nature as possible” which it makes “using fresh, natural ingredients.” Yet the complaint for this class action claims that the pet foods are contaminated by various toxic substances, including arsenic, lead, mercury, cadmium, and BPA. The counts include such things as fraud, negligent misrepresentation, and breach of warranty.
Nutek Disposables has agreed to settle a class action alleging that some of its baby and feminine wipes, sold in the US and later recalled, may have been contaminated with Burkholderia cepacia bacteria. The bacteria is claimed to cause skin infections or irritation, bacterial genitourinary tract infections, or other symptoms.
This class action contends that two of the company’s products—Wellness® CORE® Adult Dry Ocean Whitefish, Herring Meal and Salmon Meal and Wellness® Complete Health Adult Dry Whitefish and Sweet Potato—are contaminated with lead and arsenic. Although the EPA has set limits on arsenic in bottled water at 10 ppb, and the FDA on lead in bottled water at 5 ppb, the complaint claims that independent testing has shown that these Wellness products contain well over 1,000 ppb of arsenic and around 220 ppb of lead.
Blue Buffalo markets its dog foods as being “healthy” and “holistic,” but the complaint for this class action says the products at issue in this case have been shown to contain high levels of lead that can have serious health effects on dogs.