Huntington Beach, CA, September 12th, 2018
In June, California Attorney General Xavier Becerra announced that he and the District Attorneys from Alameda, Marin, Monterey, Napa, Orange, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, Shasta, Solano and Sonoma Counties had taken action against two companies after elevated levels of lead were discovered in the companies’ toddler formulas.
Cease and desist letters and a lawsuit was filed against the two companies that make and sell the toddler formula. According to information from the Attorney General’s office, testing conducted by the California Department of Justice on the two formulas revealed that these products cause lead exposure between 13 and 15 times the maximum allowable dose level under California law without an adequate Proposition 65 warning. Both formulas also exceeded the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Provisional Total Tolerable Intake daily levels for children under six.
Attorney General Becerra alleges that the two companies have violated California’s Unfair Competition Law, False Advertising Law and Proposition 65, the state law that requires clear and reasonable warnings prior to exposing individuals to harmful chemicals.
“Young children with their rapidly growing bodies are one of the most vulnerable groups to exposure to elevated lead levels,” said Michael Chapman, Laboratory Manager at LA Testing’s Huntington Beach facility. “Most parents recognize that old lead-based paints are a threat to their children, but almost none would think their toddler formula could be a lead hazard. At LA Testing, we offer comprehensive lead testing services for everything from food and water to paints, soil, dust and other matrices. These tests are available to manufacturers, retailers, regulators, health professionals and concerned individuals.”
LA Testing has also sponsored an educational video about possible signs and symptoms of lead poisoning in children that can be seen at: https://youtu.be/HprCSwxWl0k.
To learn more about lead or other product and environmental testing services, please visit www.LATesting.com, email info@LATesting.com or call (800) 755-1794. For access to lead and other easy-to-use indoor environmental quality (IEQ) test kits, visit www.EMSLTestKits.com
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