Traces of Popular Weed Killer Found in Quaker Oats
Here is another example that a 100% natural label doesn’t mean very much to certain food manufacturers. According to The New York Times low levels of the chemical glyphosate, which is used in the weed killer Roundup was found in the popular breakfast staple Quaker Oats. Lawyers are seeking a class action lawsuit on behalf of consumers in California and New York against parent company PepsiCo regarding their Quaker Oats brand.
The lawsuit says that Quaker Oats is misleading consumers because the pesticide is not “naturally” found in the oats, and that could be considered false advertising. However, federal regulators do insist that the levels detected in the oats are well below the limit set by government regulators for human consumption.
The test was conducted on Quaker Oats Quick 1-Minute products, but the lawsuit will cover other brands including Quaker Oats Old-Fashioned and Quaker Steel Cut Oats. The suit is pushing for customer refunds, full disclosure on the pesticides used, or a change in its farming practices.