Barlean’s Greens Supplement Powders are the subject of a proposed class action lawsuit filed in California that alleges the product labels make unsubstantiated health claims and fail to warn consumers that the supplements contain lead.
Barlean’s Greens Supplement Powders are the subject of a proposed class action lawsuit filed in California that alleges the product labels make unsubstantiated health claims and fail to warn consumers that the supplements contain more than California’s allowable amount of lead. The defendant in the case, Barlean’s, supposedly insists that the products are “Nature’s Perfect Superfood,” formulated to “support cleansing of organs and tissues,” “super-boost your health and energy,” “help improve digestion,” “aid the body’s natural detoxification,” and “promote a healthy immune system.” These claims, the case argues, are misleading in that they are not backed by “competent and reliable” scientific studies and testing.
Not only do the products not provide the promised health benefits, the case continues, but they supposedly contain lead – a substance known to be harmful to humans. According to independent lab studies, the products at issue contained more than California law’s .5 mcg/day allowable limit, the lawsuit attests. The product the plaintiff purchased, according to the case, contained 1.43 mcg of lead per serving, which, when taken three times a day as instructed, would amount to nine times the daily limit. The complaint warns of the possible dangers of ingesting too much lead:
“Lead accumulates in the body over time, and can lead to health risks and toxicity, including inhibiting neurological function, anemia, kidney damage, seizures, and in extreme cases, comas and death. Lead can also cross the fetal barrier during pregnancy, exposing the mother and developing fetus to serious risks, including reduced growth and premature birth.”
The plaintiff claims he would never have purchased the defendant’s products had the labels properly warned him that the supplements contained more than the allowable amount of lead and may not provide any health benefits.