The baby food manufacturer agrees to reduce the lead content in its products



  • California AG Rob Bonta reached an agreement with baby formula maker Perrigo Company and two of its subsidiaries (collectively, “Perrigo”) to resolve allegations that Perrigo failed to warn consumers about lead levels in its infant and young child formula products, in violation of California regulations violates the Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act (known as “Proposition 65”) and the Unfair Competition Act.
  • The complaint, filed against Perrigo and three retailers who sold Perrigo’s products, alleges that Perrigo violated Proposition 65 and California’s unfair competition law by knowingly manufacturing products containing lead and failing to warn consumers accordingly.
  • Under the terms of the approving judgment, Perrigo has agreed to limit the level of lead in its infant and young child nutrition products sold in California to no more than 5-7 parts per billion. Among other things, Perrigo must establish sourcing and control logs, consult with an independent auditor and conduct compliance testing to ensure its products do not exceed maximum allowable lead levels.
  • As previously reported, a group of 23 Democratic AGs, including AG Bonta, petitioned the FDA to set limits on acceptable levels of heavy metals in baby formula and asked them to issue interim proposed action levels for arsenic, lead, cadmium and mercury for all categories of infants – and infant formula and is issuing guidance to the baby formula industry that manufacturers should test finished products to limit the levels of the four heavy metals in their baby formula products.


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