The state of California is suing two companies, Nutraceutical Corp. and Graceleigh Inc., whose toddler formulas contain dangerous levels of lead that exceed both state and federal standards.
State testing revealed that the two products -- Peaceful Planet Toddler Supreme and Sammy’s Milk Free-Range Goat Milk Toddler Formula – contained between 13 and 15 times the maximum allowable dose level under California law.
California Attorney General Xavier Becerra told reporters on Thursday that after the state Department of Justice issued cease-and-desist orders, the companies voluntarily agreed to stop selling the contaminated baby formulas in California.
"Parents across America, and certainly in California, on a daily basis rely on the representations made by companies," said Becerra during the press conference, "to make sure that what our children are eating is not only good for them, but is safe as well."
In a statement accompanying the announcement, the department called the findings a “parent’s worst nightmare" and said the lawsuit is intended to put all manufacturers on notice.