(Natural News) The Organic Consumers Association (OCA) has recently reported that 10 of 11 ice cream samples from Ben & Jerry’s tested positive for small amounts of glyphosate contamination. Glyphosate, a potentially carcinogenic compound, is the main constituent of the popular pesticide Roundup by Monsanto. According to OCA, glyphosate traces were seen following independent lab testing of various ice cream flavors including: Cherry Garcia, Chocolate Fudge Brownie, Peanut Butter Cup, The Tonight Dough and Peanut Butter Cookie as well as two samples of Vanilla, Phish Food, Americone Dream, Half Baked and Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough.
Of these flavors, only the Cherry Garcia did not show glyphosate traces, OCA said. The organization had already called on Vermont-based Ben & Jerry’s to start shifting to using only organic ingredients in its products or risk a national and international boycott. The OCA has also urged natural and organic food stores to drop the brand unless the ice cream giant commits to being completely organic.
“Ben & Jerry’s falsely advertises its products as ‘natural’ and its brand as ‘sustainable’ and ‘socially responsible.’ Nothing could be further from the truth. Ben & Jerry’s profits are built on the back of an industrial dairy system that poisons the environment and produces pesticide-contaminated food products. Ben & Jerry’s sales, driven in large part by its deceitful claims, damage the organic industry by cutting into the sales of authentic natural, grass-fed and organic producers,” OCA International Director Ronnie Cummins said in a press release on PRNewswire.com…. read more