Jessica Alba’s Honest Company Sued for Allegedly Selling Baby Formula With ‘Hazardous’ Ingredients

Lawsuit claims that infant product is falsely labeled as organic

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Oh, baby! Jessica Alba‘s Honest Company has another legal headache on its hands.

The company has been slapped with a lawsuit claiming that its Premium Infant Formula is falsely labeled as organic — and, in fact, it contains ingredients that have been deemed “hazardous.”

In its lawsuit, filed in Los Angeles Superior Court earlier this month, Minnesota-based organization Organic Consumers Organization claims that Honest Company violated California’s Organic Products Act of 2003 by “falsely representing its Premium Infant Formula as ‘Organic.’”

The lawsuit claims that the formula “has synthetic ingredients that are not allowed in organic products by federal law.”

The suit goes on to claim, “Some of these ingredients are federally regulated as hazardous compounds” and that at least “one of these ingredients is irradiated.”

Among the alleged ingredients that the lawsuit takes issue with: sodium selenite, which the suit describes as “an extremely hazardous and toxic synthetic compound,” and taurine, which the suit claims “has been associated with negative brain and nervous system effects in animals.”

A spokesperson for Honest Company told TheWrap in a statement, “Our Organic Infant Formula is cleared by the Food and Drug Administration and meets all safety and nutritional standards. It is also certified USDA Organic by an independent third party, in strict accordance with the National Organic Program. We are confident this lawsuit will be dismissed.”

This isn’t the first time that Honest has been sued over its products. In September, the company was hit with a $15 million lawsuit claiming that it “deceptively and misleadingly labeled and marketed its products” as natural when they contain synthetic preservatives. That same month, the company was also hit with a class-action lawsuit by a man who claimed that he “suffered a severe sunburn resulting in blistering and peeling” after using Honest sunscreen.

Pamela Chelin contributed to this report.