New study finds main ingredient in weed killer also in Ben & Jerry's ice cream
One of America's most popular ice cream brands tested positive for the main ingredient in Roundup, a widely used weed and grass killer.
The Organic Consumers Association reported Tuesday that they found traces of glyphosate in 10 of 11 samples of the Vermont-based Ben & Jerry's ice cream.
"While we have not yet seen the results, we can confirm all Ben & Jerry’s products are safe to consume. Even if the reported results are accurate, as the laboratory that conducted the test stated, a person would have to consume 145,000 eight-ounce servings PER DAY to reach the limit set by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)," a spokeswoman for Ben & Jerry's said.
The results originated from independent lab testing of the following flavors: Peanut Butter Cup, Peanut Butter Cookie, two samples of Vanilla, Cherry Garcia, Phish Food, The Tonight Dough, Half Baked, Chocolate Fudge Brownie, Americone Dream and Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough. Cherry Garcia was the only flavor that tested negative for glyphosate and/or AMPA.
“Ben & Jerry’s falsely advertises its products as ‘natural’ and its brand as ‘sustainable’ and ‘socially responsible.’ Nothing could be further from the truth," said OCA International Director Ronnie Cummins.
OCA is calling for Ben & Jerry's to use only organic ingredients in its products or "face a national and international consumer boycott." The association started a petition directed towards Ben & Jerry's CEO Jostein Solheim.