Do you use Alikay Naturals brand clay products? If so, continue reading to learn about the FDA warning about Bentonite Me Baby. This warning may impact your decision to use the products.
What is Bentonite Me Baby?
Bentonite Me Baby is a natural clay product designed to detoxify the hair and skin. Alikay Naturals began manufacturing and distribution of the product in 2010. Since that time, several retailers and online vendors have added Bentonite Me Baby to their inventories. Such retailers include Target and Amazon.com.
The primary ingredient in the Bentonite Me Baby product is Pure Calcium Bentonite Clay, which is made from aged volcanic ash. Considered a medicinal form of clay, this product is sold as a detoxifying and cleansing agent, with some sources suggesting both topical and internal use. Manufacturer Alikay Naturals reportedly does not suggest or condone internal use of the product, though some retailers do state that the product can be used to detoxify and cleanse the digestive tract.
Bentonite Me Baby is advertised as a means of cleaning, strengthening and removing toxins and impurities from the body. Several sources recommend using the clay along with oil or apple cider vinegar. Sources also recommend using only BPA-free plastic or wood utensils and avoiding use of metal utensils.
Alikay Naturals Bentonite Me Baby clay product has come under scrutiny after the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) reported the presence of lead in the product. Birth Injury Guide offers Bentonite Me Baby Facts that consumers can use to determine if they are at risk.
The FDA has released a report stating that the Bentonite Me Baby products carries the risk of lead poisoning. The FDA was first alerted by the Minnesota Department of Health. Lab analysis of the product indicated the presence of lead, which prompted the organization to immediately issue a consumer warning. Consumers have been warned to stop using the product, and not to purchase the product until the issue is resolved.
Lead poisoning is dangerous, especially to pregnant mothers and children.
The FDA reports that a laboratory analysis of the clay product indicated elevated levels of lead. Lead exposure can result in serious consequences to an individual’s health. Lead exposure has been linked to:
- Kidney damage
- Damage to the central nervous system
- Damage to the immune system
- Reproductive issues
Lead exposure among pregnant women can also have negative consequences on the unborn child including:
- Low birth weight
- Spontaneous abortion
- Impaired neurodevelopment
Pregnant women should be extremely mindful of lead exposure and seek medical attention immediately if they believe they have been exposed to a dangerous product. Similarly, healthcare providers should be diligent in monitoring lead levels during laboratory testing, which is a routine part of prenatal healthcare. If lead levels are elevated, it is important for the health of the mother and child to address and treat the situation as soon as possible.
After delivery, lead exposure may continue to cause problems with the brain, kidneys or nervous functions, as well as developmental or behavioral problems.
Your Consumer Rights
Consumers purchase products with the trust that manufacturers distribute only safe, quality products. Unfortunately, sometimes mistakes or negligence leads to contamination or defects, which can put consumers and their loved ones at risk. Anytime a consumer is injured or becomes ill due to a defective or contaminated product, it is important that he or she contact an attorney to learn more about consumer rights. Consumers who are injured or have suffered economic or other losses due to a defective or contaminated product may have the right to file a lawsuit in pursuit of recovery for their expenses and losses.
If you have been harmed by Bentonite Me Baby, you may find it beneficial to contact an attorney. We are well aware of the dangers of lead exposure and are dedicated to protecting your rights as a consumer. Contact us for a free case evaluation by calling toll free at 877-415-6603, or by filling out our online contact form.