Microplastics

Tommee Tippee lawsuit alleges that ‘BPA free’ baby bottles contain undeclared microplastics

In a new class-action lawsuit, Tommee Tippee Baby Bottles are accused of false advertising in that they contain microplastics despite being advertised as “BPA Free”.

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In a 38-page lawsuit, Tommee Tippee accuses Mayborn USA of “going great lengths” to deceive consumers into believing that the bottles for babies, storage bottles, and anti-colic are free from bisphenol-A. industrial chemicals have been used to make plastics for decades. Mayborn is accused of failing to inform consumers on labels and in advertising about the microplastics that are released from polypropylene Tommee Tippee bottle, particularly when heated.

The lawsuit claims that Mayborn USA failed to inform consumers about the fact that polypropylene products “release microplastics up to 16,200,000 particles per liter” and that exposure to hot water and sterilization increases the release of particles.

The case states that the constant and repeated exposure to microplastics due to the daily use of Tommee Tippee’s bottles “amplifies the danger” posed by these products.

The complaint states that “Defendant has made the Representations, and material omissions in order to increase profits and gain market share on the growing baby product market,” where safety is an important factor for consumers when making a purchase decision. In fact, consumers prefer products that are free of BPA and promote safety.

The filing explains that Microplastics are tiny plastic particles smaller than five millimeters. They form when Solid Plastics breakdown, including by exposure to heat. According to the case, microplastics can alter gut microbiota composition, which is critical for digestion, nutrient uptake and immune system development.

The suit also states that microplastics are able to accumulate because of their small size. This can have compounding negative health effects.

The lawsuit highlights that microplastics can be “particularly dangerous” to infants, as exposures during the critical developmental stages can “pave way for chronic conditions that may manifest throughout a lifetime”, affecting the digestive, reproductive and immune systems, as well the central nervous system.

Even low-dose exposure to microplastics in a child’s development can lead to long-term health problems later on. Microplastics experts warn that babies, who have their entire life ahead of them, are at a higher risk of developing long-term illnesses due to prolonged exposure to microplastics.

The lawsuit claims that despite the dangers associated with microplastics, Mayborn USA “actively hides” these risks from Tommee Tippee purchasers. This prevents parents and caregivers from making informed decisions about the health and wellbeing of their children.

The complaint says that “Had Plaintiff or Class Members known that the Products were harmful microplastics, or could contain harmful microplastics if used as intended, Plaintiff or Members wouldn’t have purchased the Products and would have paid less,”

Tommee Tippee’s lawsuit was filed about two weeks ago, after a Philips Avent suit claimed that popular baby bottles leached harmful plastics into foods and drinks for babies and toddlers. A Dr. Brown’s lawsuit, filed on June 25, was based on similar allegations about the ubiquitous baby bottle.

The Tommee Tippee Class Action Lawsuit covers all individuals who purchased Tommee Tippee bottles that were marketed as BPA-free for household or personal use during the maximum period permitted by law.

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