A mother says she and her daughter were not surprised to learn that a processed food called Superfoods contains mercury.
“When I looked at the ingredients, I thought it was just a coincidence, like maybe someone was making a joke about it,” Nicole Power said.
The daughter, who had just turned 12, is now an adult.
The food was on the shelves of a convenience store in Northfield, Minnesota, just days after her mother went to the doctor complaining of a headache.
Power, who works as a teacher and is in her late 40s, said she started noticing signs of the substance in her daughter’s system.
“She started having headaches, and I had to go to the hospital to check her out,” she said.
“The doctors told me that she had chronic fatigue syndrome.”
Power said the headaches came on and off for a week before they became more severe.
“It was pretty scary because I was like, ‘Oh my god, what’s going on?'”
Power said, adding that she was “totally unprepared” for what happened.
“They were really pushing us to have this whole lifestyle change and we were like, it’s not for us,” she added.
“We had to change.”
The couple, who lives in New Jersey, have not reported the problem to the state Department of Health, and are waiting for a recall notice from the grocery store.
In an emailed statement, the Superfood maker, Food and Nutrition Services, said it was “actively working to determine the cause of the issues” and was “seeking to resolve the situation as quickly as possible.”
It added that it has “strong policies in place to ensure our supply chain is in compliance with all applicable state and federal laws.”
The company said it is “reviewing the recall” and “in consultation with state and local officials.”