Lawsuit: Quaker Oatmeal, Branded as All-Natural, Contains Weed Killer
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Quaker Oats is facing a lawsuit that alleges glyphosate, a weed killer, is used in the company's oatmeal products.
The Brooklyn man's suit, which could become class-action, argues that the company falsely branded their oatmeal as "100% natural."
The World Health Organization declared glyphosate to be “probably carcinogenic to humans” in 2015.
Lewis Daly claims in the federal lawsuit, which seeks $5 million in damages, that the herbicide “is sprayed on the oats as a drying agent shortly before harvest."
The New York Times reported:
While the level of glyphosate, the active ingredient in the popular weed killer Roundup, detected in the oatmeal falls well below the limit set by federal regulators for human consumption, the lawsuit accuses Quaker of false advertising because it markets the oatmeal as “100% natural.”
In a statement, the Quaker Oats Company said that it did not add glyphosate during any part of the milling process but that it might be applied by farmers to certain grains before harvest.
The company said it puts the oats it receives through a cleansing process. “Any levels of glyphosate that may remain are trace amounts and significantly below any limits which have been set by the E.P.A. as safe for human consumption,” the company said.
Quaker Oats is owned by PepsiCo.