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Glyphosate in Ben and Jerry's Ice Cream Used in Weed Killer

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By    |   Wednesday, 26 Jul 2017 06:54 AM

Glyphosate has been found in Ben & Jerry's ice cream, an ingredient used in weed killer, the Organic Consumers Association claimed in a study released on Tuesday. The eco-friendly ice cream maker says it's puzzled.

The association said it discovered traces of glyphosate in 10 of 11 samples of Ben & Jerry's ice creams, but acknowledged that the levels were far below the ceiling set by the Environmental Protection Agency, The New York Times reported.

Glyphosate is an herbicide that is the main ingredient in the well-known consumer pesticide RoundUp.

Ronnie Cummins, founder and the international director of the Organic Consumers Association, told the Times that customers shouldn’t take much comfort that the ice cream didn’t violate any regulations.

"Not everyone agrees with the acceptable levels governments have set," Cummins said. "And, anyway, would you want to be eating this stuff at all?"

The Organic Consumers Association study said three out of four of Ben & Jerry's competitors that use organic milk from farms tested negative glyphosate.

"Despite repeated calls from consumer groups to stop advertising its ice-cream as 'natural' or 'all natural,' given that it is derived from cows raised almost exclusively on (genetically modified organism) corn forage …, laced with non-organic ingredients, sprayed heavily with RoundUp and other pesticides, Ben & Jerry’s continues to greenwash and lie," Cummins said in a statement from the organization.

Rob Michalak, Ben & Jerry's global director of social mission, told the Times that the company was working eliminate sources that use GMOs from its supply chain.

"We're working to transition away from GMO, as far away as we can get," Michalak told the Times. "But then these tests come along, and we need to better understand where the glyphosate they're finding is coming from. Maybe it's from something that's not even in our supply chain, and so we're missing it."

The debate over the danger of glyphosate as a cause of cancer continues to be intensively debated. Reuters reported in June that 184 plaintiffs are claiming in a lawsuit that exposure to RoundUp gave them cancer.

Monsanto, which uses glyphosate to make RoundUp, has denied the allegations, charging that unpublished research found no evidence of a link between glyphosate and cancer, per Reuters.

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Glyphosate has been found in Ben & Jerry's ice cream, an ingredient used in weed killer, the Organic Consumers Association claimed in a study released on Tuesday. The eco-friendly ice cream maker says it's puzzled.
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