Three nonprofit organizations have filed a lawsuit against General Mills for allegedly misleading the public by labeling Nature Valley granola bars as “100% natural” when they actually contain glyphosate, the active ingredient in Roundup weedkiller.
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What’s the Problem?
August 25, 2016 – The lawsuit was filed under the District of Columbia’s Consumer Protection Procedures Act, according to Bloomberg. Plaintiffs include Moms Across America, Beyond Pesticides and the Organic Consumers Association.
“As a mother, when I read ‘100% Natural,’ I would expect that to mean no synthetic or toxic chemicals at all,” said Zen Honeycutt, founder and executive director of Moms Across America. “Glyphosate is a toxic chemical that the EPA recognizes as a ‘reproductive effector’ which ‘can cause liver and kidney damage’ and ‘digestive effects.’ It is unacceptable that Nature Valley granola bars contain any amount of this chemical.”
A 2015 Consumer Reports survey found that 66% of consumers look for foods with the word “natural” on the labeling under the assumption they are produced without pesticides, genetically modified organisms (GMOs), hormones or artificial ingredients.
Glyphosate is used in production of oats, the major ingredient in Nature Valley granola bars, which are marketed as “natural” and labeled “Made with 100% Natural Whole Grain Oats.” Monsanto says the residue levels found in many foods and beverages in the U.S. are below allowable levels established by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in 2014, and therefore consumers have no reason to be concerned.
However, a 2015 study published in the journal Environmental Health found that chronic, low-dose exposure to glyphosate — as low as 0.1 parts per billion — can cause adverse effects on the liver and kidneys. Another study published earlier this year determined that glyphosate exposure can cause changes to DNA function resulting in the onset of chronic diseases including type 2 diabetes, obesity and Alzheimer’s disease.
The complaint alleges that General Mills misled consumers by failing to disclose the presence of glyphosate in its Natural Valley products and warn of its harmful effects. Plaintiffs claim that General Mills’ “natural” labeling is deceptive, misleading and unlawful, and require its removal from the market.
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