"The Honest Co. is falsely representing its Premium Infant Formula as 'organic' even though this product contains 11 synthetic substances prohibited under federal law in organic products," Katherine Paul, associate director of the Organic Consumers Association, told ABC News. "This is unacceptable."
The California Organic Products Act points to a list of certain nonagricultural substances that can be included in products sold as organic, as adopted by the United States Secretary of Agriculture in Section 6517 of the U.S. Code based on a proposed list from the National Organic Standards Board. But the lawsuit alleges 11 ingredients in Honest's Premium Infant Formula aren't included on that national list.
Previous lawsuits have been filed against Honest over its sunscreen and cleaning products. The company said in response to the lawsuits at the time that the allegations of both lawsuits were "without merit."
Paul said she wants Honest to remove the word "organic" from the infant formula label or remove the ingredients.
A statement from a Hain Celestial Group spokeswoman read, "Earth’s Best Organic infant formulas fully comply with the USDA’s National Organic Program standards. An independent organic certifier, acting as an agent for the USDA, has certified that the formulas qualify as organic under federal law. Contrary to [Organic Consumer Association's] allegations, all the ingredients named in the lawsuit are approved for use today in organic infant formulas, and we are therefore confident that the court will dismiss this lawsuit."
When asked about Earth's Best use of taurine in infant formula, a spokeswoman for Hain Celestial told ABC News, “Taurine has been, and continues to be, permitted in organic formula as a ‘nutrient vitamin and mineral’ unless and until the USDA issues a final rule otherwise – a fact that both the USDA and the [National Organic Standards Board]reconfirmed as recently as the NOSB’s Fall 2015 meeting.”