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By chefindia

Earlier this year, Quaker Oats, a company owned by PepsiCo, made the news when it was revealed that it was being sued by the Richman Law Group over its “all natural” old fashioned oats brand surprisingly containing glyphosate. Glyphosate is a weed killer, better known as Roundup, which is manufactured by Monsanto.
The lawsuit was filed in the Federal District Courts in New York and California, on grounds that claim its statement that its oats are grown in an environmentally responsible way is misleading since it contains glyphosate.
A test paid for by lawyers for the plaintiffs found glyphosate at a level of 1.18 parts per million in a sample of Quaker Oats Quick 1-Minute. This is roughly 4 percent of the 30 parts per million that the Environmental Protection Agency allows in cereal grains. Although testing was done only on Quick 1-Minute, the lawsuit also extends to Quaker Oats Old-Fashioned and Quaker Steel Cut Oats as well.
The company had defended the presence of the Monsanto pesticide in its oats by saying it does not add glyphosate during any part of the milling process, however it may be added by farmers prior to harvest.
Glyphosate is one of the most widely used pesticides on GMO crops around the world, which include most corn, soy, sugar beets and conola. Glyphosate also is widely used in home gardens and on golf courses. Last year, the World Health Organization classified glyphosate as a “probable” carcinogen. Since then, environmental and consumer groups have begun to focus their efforts on the pesticide, and a growing number of reports on glyphosate in food have surfaced.
“The issue is that Quaker advertises these products as 100 percent natural, and glyphosate in any amount is not natural,” said Kim Richman, the lead lawyer for the plaintiffs.
The plaintiffs are seeking refunds for purchasers. They also are asking that PepsiCo either be required to reformulate the products or disclose the presence of glyphosate in them.
Sources: NY Times; Naturalnews.com; EPA

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      You can try and find some organic brand that is trustworthy to replace. The price is comparable. Blessings.
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