Bakersfields, CA — The California Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) has banned Bakersies air conditioning products, claiming the product violates the state’s Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regulations.
The agency is seeking to overturn the ban, saying the products have a safety risk, and has notified Bakersys parent company, Nestle, of the ban.
“Bakersies products have been found to cause an increase in premature deaths in children under 5 years old, an increase of 3,700 deaths and a significant increase in the risk of respiratory illness and asthma among children and adults,” the DEQ said in a statement.
“These products pose a serious risk to children, and are also the result of excessive use and prolonged use.”
The ban will be in effect from November 3, 2020, until March 12, 2021.
Bakersiys air conditioning product canisters were manufactured between March 2013 and March 2017.
In response to the ban on the product, Bakersy’s parent company and Nestle are taking legal action to fight the ban in federal court.
“The Bakersymis legal action seeks to hold the company responsible for its alleged failure to protect children and consumers,” a statement from the company reads.
“Nestle and the company are committed to working to protect and ensure children’s health and well-being and the safety of their neighbors.”
Bakers’ statement continued, “In light of the potential health and safety risks posed by Bakersis products, we have initiated legal action against the company.”
Nestle did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Nestle has been in the news lately after a report claimed that the company paid $7 billion for shares in China’s Zhejiang Province.
Nestlé has denied the allegations.