May 2021 – Climate change is here and so is climate-related litigation. But what does climate change have to do with the recent lawsuits filed against baby food manufacturers? As it turns out, a lot.
More frequent droughts and rising temperatures are elevating the levels of arsenic in soil, and the arsenic is being absorbed into rice. That’s the same rice that is ultimately converted into flour, formula, milk and cereal, all used in baby foods.
In the article “Emerging Litigation Targets Arsenic in Baby Food” featured in the most recent edition of AM Best’s Review, Praedicat’s CEO Robert Reville and SVP of Product and Chief Economist, David Loughran, discuss how droughts caused by climate change have elevated the amount of arsenic and other heavy metals found in rice, and how insurers must help their clients manage this risk.