Beech-Nut is making money based on the advertised claim that their Naturals line of baby foods are 100% natural. But synthetic pesticides have been found in varieties of Beech-Nut's Naturals baby-food. Therefore, they are mispresenting the nature, source, characteristics and/or ingredients of their products by labeling them as such.
Tests conducted by independent laboratories using liquid chromatography mass spectrometry have revealed that the varieties of Beech-Nut Naturals products purchased by CHD contain residues of multiple synthetic pesticides. These varieties include: "Just Apples," "Apples, Cinnamon & Granola," "Apple & Pumpkin," and "Just Mango, Apple & Avocado."
None of the pesticides are "natural" substances. Acetamiprid is a neonicotinoid synthetic insecticide. Captan is a synthetic chloroalkyl thio fungicide. Glyphosate is a synthetic biocide invented by the biotechnology corporation Monsanto.
By failing to state that its Products contain acetamiprid, captan, and/or glyphosate, when those products are represented as "100% natural" and/or containing "just" specific fruits and vegetables, Defendant Beech-Nut has also failed to state a material fact where such failure has a tendency to mislead. Defendant Beech-Nut has therefore engaged in a deceptive or unfair trade practice in violation of D.C. Code § 28-3904(f).
Children's Health Defense is a 501c3 non-profit organization whose mission is to end chronic health conditions in children due to environmental toxin exposure, expose misinformation about their prevalence and sources, and advocate for policies that help to prevent the use of such substances in products. Among such substances are pesticides.