South Burlington, Vt. - Ben & Jerry's says its products are safe to consume after a new report came out saying some of its products contained herbicide.
On Tuesday the Organic Consumers Association (OCA) released a report that found 10 of 11 samples of Ben & Jerry’s ice cream tested positive for glyphosate, a key ingredient in Monsanto’s Roundup herbicide.
After OCA released the report, the group is requesting that Ben & Jerry’s to switch to using only organic ingredients in its product.
According to the report the following flavors were found to have the herbicide: Peanut Butter Cup, Peanut Butter Cookie, Vanilla (two samples), Phish Food, The Tonight Dough, Half Baked, Chocolate Fudge Brownie, Americone Dream and Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough.
Local 22 & Local 44 reached out to Ben & Jerry's who sent us the following statement:
"We are aware of the recent New York Times article indicating that trace amount of glyphosate were found in some Ben & Jerry’s flavors. 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)," Laura Peterson, Ben & Jerry's Public Elations Manager.
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