General Mills changing Nature Valley labels after lawsuit’s pesticide claim

General Mills Inc agreed to stop calling the oats in its Nature Valley granola bars 100 percent natural to settle a lawsuit by three consumer groups that said the bars contained small amounts of the pesticide commonly known as Roundup.

Beyond Pesticides, Moms Across America and the Organic Consumers Association on Thursday said the settlement calls for General Mills to remove the phrase “Made with 100% Natural Whole Grain Oats” from Nature Valley labels.

The groups said independent tests showed that the granola bars contained 0.45 parts per million of glyphosate, and that oats were the “most likely” source of the pesticide.

While this was below the maximum 30 parts per million that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recommends, the groups said General Mills’ label was deceptive and that “no reasonable consumer” would expect the bars to contain anything unnatural.

“Nature Valley is confident in the accuracy of its label,” General Mills spokesman Mike Siemienas said in an email.

He said the Minneapolis-based company settled to avoid the cost and distraction of litigation, and focus on making Nature Valley products “with 100 percent whole grain oats.”

The settlement came 13 days after a San Francisco jury ordered Monsanto Co to pay a school groundskeeper $289 million after he said his exposure to its Roundup weed killer and another glyphosate herbicide caused his non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.

Bayer AG, which now owns Monsanto, has said it would appeal the jury’s verdict.

The General Mills lawsuit was one of many accusing food companies of using deceptive labels, including terms such as “natural” that do not have clearly understood meanings, to induce consumers to buy or pay more for their products.

In July 2017, a Minneapolis federal judge dismissed a proposed class action lawsuit over General Mills’ “100% Natural” label, saying that even if the oats contained traces of glyphosate, “there is no allegation that the oats, themselves, are not natural.”

A subsequent appeal was dismissed.

The consumer groups had sued General Mills two years ago in Superior Court in Washington, D.C.

The Organic Consumers Association sued Unilever Plc in the same court on July 9 over its labeling for Ben & Jerry’s ice cream, including a claim over the use of glyphosate.

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  • Heavy DZ

    Round up is a herbicide, not a pesticide. Big Big difference. Glyphosate affects plant cells humans don’t have at all. Beyond Pesticides, Moms Across America have nothing to worry about at all. As a farmer who has been using this stuff since the eighties, we are not worried, scientific data, has proven this over and over, You think this is bad, the alternative chemicals is proven by scientist to be carcinogenic.
    if we are not to believe scientists and their peer reviewed data what is the point of anything then,
    If people are so worried about their health, why are there so many out of shape overweight people young and old. Heart disease being the number one killer.
    Where are all the sick farmers and farm kids if this stuff is so bad. Type a search on the internet about gluten free foods arsenic levels, your doing more harm to yourself and your children by not listening to food scientists. i am no fan of monsanto, or bayer, as a farmer, i also hate chemicals, but this stuff is the safest tool we have, using anything else is worse, Going organic uses at least 4 times more fuel which is affecting the environment and that is scientifically proven. Until science tells me otherwise i will be using glyphosate as a HERBICIDE.
    How about throwing the video games in the garbage and buy a bicycle for the kids, Learn how to eat first before blaming your poor dietary choices on anybody else. I was a kid too, and nobody in those years were so overweight and out of shape as the kids i see today.
    If people are so worried about their food, plant a garden, my grandmother had one well into her 90’s. I just have to shake my head at all this scientifically unproven gluten free, anti gmo, fad while most people are jamming crap into their out of shape over weight bodies blaming farmers.

    • Clark Brenzil, PAg.

      Herbicides are pesticides, along with insecticides and fungicides and a whole host of other ___cides. “icide” is a suffix for something that kills and is used in other ways such as homicide for a person) and suicide (for self). Whatever is ahead of the “icide” suffix is the target. Therefore “Pesticide” is the umbrella term for the larger group of chemicals used to control pest and under those are insecticides for insects, fungicides for fungi (not bacteria) and herbicide for plants.

      • Tyson Tschauner

        I think we all appreciate your input, do not take this the wrong way. But the way you described this agrees with Heavy DZ. IF herbicide falls underneath the head umbrella term of pesticide then I will disagree with you. Simply put categorizations flow down stream & never upstream. What I mean is a herbicide is not designed for all pests, only the herb type. Where a pesticide would imply it is for all types of pest.

        Regardless if you agree with that, who cares what term we give the product. You are just trying to distract from the main point that Round Up is simply the best option we have today.

        Humans have been using chemicals to suit their needs for hundreds if not thousands of years. This has always been based on scientific evidence & reasoning until now. That is all I have to say, I think this whole entire thing is a farce.

        • Denise

          Find out more information at gmwatch.org

          • Keith Duhaime

            GMWatch? – The website for the gullible that couldn’t make the effort to get a decent mark in high school chemistry and biology, and whose parents didn’t have the sense to paddle their rears for being so lazy and not taking advantage of the opportunities that taxpayers provided.

          • Denise

            Yikes! Old beliefs and attitudes die hard.
            You’ll seldom, if ever, hear mainstream media ( eg.CNN, MSNBC) talk about the Monsanto vs people trial ( more trials on deck) and the verdict reached by a jury.
            You will have to check out news sources that are not politically or financially beholden’ to the major corporations.
            Robert Kennedy Jr. and Brent Wisner have blown Monsanto’s cover. They have more evidence of malfeasance on Monsanto’s part which they will be bringing to light in future trials.
            Fear not. The truth shall set you free.

    • Diana Daunheimer

      In 2010, Monsanto was granted a patent for using glyphosate as an antibiotic, the chemical is far more than just a herbicide.

      Antibiotic resistance is a serious concern with the amount of glyphosate being applied world wide. Why are people so sick nowadays, could it be that every time they eat glyphosate treated products the residues they are consuming are damaging the beneficial bacterium necessary for life? Why has antibiotic resistance increased dramatically? I believe the answer is glyphosate.

      https://patents.google.com/patent/US7771736

      Here are the susceptible organisms:

      “Susceptible Pathogens

      All organisms that contain the enzyme EPSPS should be susceptible to the treatment method of the present invention. These organisms include, but are not limited to all species of the Phylum Apicomplexa, including but not limited to Toxoplasma gondii, Cryptosporidium parvum, Neospora caninum, Eimeria spp., Isospora spp., including but not limited to I. belli, Theileria spp., including but not limited to T. parva and T. annulata, Plasmodium spp., including but not limited to P. falciparum, P. vivax, P. malariae and P. ovale, and Babesia spp., including but not limited to B. microti, B. divergens, B. canis, B. bigemina, B. bovis, B. ovis, B. caballi, B. equi, B. gibsoni and B. felis.

      Susceptible organisms include, but are not limited to all species of the Family Neisseriaceae, including but not limited to Neisseria meningitidis and Neisseria gonorrhoeae, Moraxella spp., including but not limited to M. lacumata, M. nonliquefaciens, M. urethralis, M. catarrhalis, and M. bovis, Klingella spp., including but not limited to K. dentrificans and K. kingae and Eikenella spp., including but not limited to E. corrodens.

      Susceptible organisms include, but are not limited to all species of the Family Enterobacteriaceae, including but not limited to Escherichia coli and Edwardsiella ictaluri, Klebsiella spp., including but not limited to K. pneumonia and K. oxytoca, Salmonella spp., including but not limited to S. typhimurium, S. typhi, S. paratyphi, S. enteritidis and S. cholerasuis, Serratia spp., including but not limited to S. marcesans and S. liquifaciens, Shigella spp., including but not limited to S. dysenteriae, S. flexneri, S. boydii and S. sonnei, Yersinia spp., including but not limited to Y. enterocolitica, Y. pestis, Y. pseudotuberculosis and Y. ruckeri, Citrobacter spp., including but not limited to C. freundii and C. diversus, Enterobacter spp., including but not limited to E. aerogenes, E. agglomerans and E. cloacae, Morganella spp., including but not limited to M. morganii, Proteus spp., including but not limited to P. mirabilis and P. vulgaris and Providencia spp., including but not limited to P. alcalifaciens, P. rettgeri and P. stuartii.

      Susceptible organisms include, but are not limited to all species of the Family Pasteurellaceae, including but not limited to Pasteurella multocida and Actinobacillus pleuropneumoniae, Haemophilus spp., including but not limited to Haemophilus influenzae, Haemophilus parainfluenzae, Haemophilus ducreyi, Haemophilus aphrophilus and Haemophilus aegyptius.

      Susceptible organisms include, but are not limited to all species of the Family Mycobacteriaceae, including but not limited to Mycobacterium spp., including but not limited to M. tuberculosis, M. bovis, M. africanum, M. microtti, M. leprae, M. kansasii, M. avium-intracellulare, M. scrofulaceum, M. ulcerans and M. marinum.

      Susceptible organisms include, but are not limited to all species of the Family Nocardiaceae, including but not limited to Nocardia spp., including but not limited to N. asteroides, N. brasiliensis and N. caviae.

      Susceptible organisms include, but are not limited to all species of the Family Brucellaceae, including but not limited to Brucella spp., including but not limited to B. abortus, B. suis, B. melitensis and B. canis.

      Susceptible organisms include, but are not limited to all species of the Family Trypanosomatida, including but not limited to Leishmania spp., including but not L. tropica, L. major, L. donovani, L. braziliensis and L. mexicana.

      Susceptible organisms include, but are not limited to all species of the Family Streptococcaceae, including but not limited to Streptococcus spp., including but not limited to S. pneumoniae, S. pyogenes, S. agalactiae, S. mutans, S. milleri, S. sanguis, S. anginosus, S. bovis, S. equisimilis, S. salivarius and S. mitis.

      Susceptible organisms include, but are not limited to all species of the Family Alcaligenaceae, including but not limited to Bordetella spp., including but not limited to B. pertusis, B. parapertusis, B. brochiseptica, B. avium and B. hinzii.

      Susceptible organisms include, but are not limited to all species of the Family Micrococcaceae, including but not limited to Staphylococcus spp., including but not limited to S. aureus, S. epidermidis, S. saprophiticus, S. lugdunensis, S. haemolyticus, S. warneri, S. schleiferi and S. intermedius.

      Susceptible organisms include, but are not limited to all species of the Family Trichocomaceae, including but not limited to Aspergillus spp., including but not limited to A. fumigatus, A. flavus, A. amstelodami, A. avenaceus, A. candidus, A. cameus, A. caesiellus, A. clavatus, A. glaucus, A. granulosus, A. nidulans, A. niger, A. oryzae, A. quadrilineatus, A. restrictus, A. sydowi, A. terreus, A. ustus and A. versicolor.

      Susceptible organisms include, but are not limited to all species of the Family Bacillaceae, including but not limited to Bacillus spp., including but not limited to B. anthracis, B. subtilis and B. halodurans and Clostridium spp., including but not limited to C. perfringens, C. tetani, C. difficile and C. botulinum.

      Susceptible organisms include, but are not limited to all species of the Family Chlamydiaceae, including but not limited to Chlamydia spp., including but not limited to C. trachomatis and C. pneumoniae and Chlamydophila spp., including but not limited to C. pneumoniae, C. abortus and C. psittaci.

      Susceptible organisms include, but are not limited to all species of the Family Listeriaceae, including but not limited to Listeria spp., including but not limited to L. monocytogenes, L. innocua and L. ivanovii.

      Susceptible organisms include, but are not limited to all species of the Family Pseudomonadaceae, including but not limited to Pseudomonas aeruginosa.

      Susceptible organisms include, but are not limited to all species of the Family Enterococcaceae, including but not limited to Enterococcus faecalis and Enterococcus faecium.

      Susceptible organisms include, but are not limited to all species of the Family Cardiobacteriaceae, including but not limited to Dichelobacter nodosus.

      Susceptible organisms include, but are not limited to all species of the Family Campylobacteriaceae, including but not limited to Campylobacter jejuni.

      Susceptible organisms include, but are not limited to all species of the Family Aeromonadaceae, including but not limited to Aeromonas hydrophila and Aeromonas salmonicida.

      Susceptible organisms include Helicobacterpylori, Candida albicans and Pneumocystis carinii.”

    • Diana Daunheimer

      In 2010, Monsanto was granted a patent for using glyphosate as an antibiotic, the chemical is far more than just a herbicide.

      Antibiotic resistance is a serious concern with the amount of glyphosate being applied world wide. Why are people so sick nowadays, could it be that every time they eat glyphosate treated products the residues they are consuming are damaging the beneficial bacterium necessary for life? Why has antibiotic resistance increased dramatically? I believe the answer is glyphosate.

      https://patents.google.com/

      Here are the susceptible organisms:

      “Susceptible Pathogens

      All organisms that contain the enzyme EPSPS should be susceptible to the treatment method of the present invention. These organisms include, but are not limited to all species of the Phylum Apicomplexa, including but not limited to Toxoplasma gondii, Cryptosporidium parvum, Neospora caninum, Eimeria spp., Isospora spp., including but not limited to I. belli, Theileria spp., including but not limited to T. parva and T. annulata, Plasmodium spp., including but not limited to P. falciparum, P. vivax, P. malariae and P. ovale, and Babesia spp., including but not limited to B. microti, B. divergens, B. canis, B. bigemina, B. bovis, B. ovis, B. caballi, B. equi, B. gibsoni and B. felis.

      Susceptible organisms include, but are not limited to all species of the Family Neisseriaceae, including but not limited to Neisseria meningitidis and Neisseria gonorrhoeae, Moraxella spp., including but not limited to M. lacumata, M. nonliquefaciens, M. urethralis, M. catarrhalis, and M. bovis, Klingella spp., including but not limited to K. dentrificans and K. kingae and Eikenella spp., including but not limited to E. corrodens.

      Susceptible organisms include, but are not limited to all species of the Family Enterobacteriaceae, including but not limited to Escherichia coli and Edwardsiella ictaluri, Klebsiella spp., including but not limited to K. pneumonia and K. oxytoca, Salmonella spp., including but not limited to S. typhimurium, S. typhi, S. paratyphi, S. enteritidis and S. cholerasuis, Serratia spp., including but not limited to S. marcesans and S. liquifaciens, Shigella spp., including but not limited to S. dysenteriae, S. flexneri, S. boydii and S. sonnei, Yersinia spp., including but not limited to Y. enterocolitica, Y. pestis, Y. pseudotuberculosis and Y. ruckeri, Citrobacter spp., including but not limited to C. freundii and C. diversus, Enterobacter spp., including but not limited to E. aerogenes, E. agglomerans and E. cloacae, Morganella spp., including but not limited to M. morganii, Proteus spp., including but not limited to P. mirabilis and P. vulgaris and Providencia spp., including but not limited to P. alcalifaciens, P. rettgeri and P. stuartii.

      Susceptible organisms include, but are not limited to all species of the Family Pasteurellaceae, including but not limited to Pasteurella multocida and Actinobacillus pleuropneumoniae, Haemophilus spp., including but not limited to Haemophilus influenzae, Haemophilus parainfluenzae, Haemophilus ducreyi, Haemophilus aphrophilus and Haemophilus aegyptius.

      Susceptible organisms include, but are not limited to all species of the Family Mycobacteriaceae, including but not limited to Mycobacterium spp., including but not limited to M. tuberculosis, M. bovis, M. africanum, M. microtti, M. leprae, M. kansasii, M. avium-intracellulare, M. scrofulaceum, M. ulcerans and M. marinum.

      Susceptible organisms include, but are not limited to all species of the Family Nocardiaceae, including but not limited to Nocardia spp., including but not limited to N. asteroides, N. brasiliensis and N. caviae.

      Susceptible organisms include, but are not limited to all species of the Family Brucellaceae, including but not limited to Brucella spp., including but not limited to B. abortus, B. suis, B. melitensis and B. canis.

      Susceptible organisms include, but are not limited to all species of the Family Trypanosomatida, including but not limited to Leishmania spp., including but not L. tropica, L. major, L. donovani, L. braziliensis and L. mexicana.

      Susceptible organisms include, but are not limited to all species of the Family Streptococcaceae, including but not limited to Streptococcus spp., including but not limited to S. pneumoniae, S. pyogenes, S. agalactiae, S. mutans, S. milleri, S. sanguis, S. anginosus, S. bovis, S. equisimilis, S. salivarius and S. mitis.

      Susceptible organisms include, but are not limited to all species of the Family Alcaligenaceae, including but not limited to Bordetella spp., including but not limited to B. pertusis, B. parapertusis, B. brochiseptica, B. avium and B. hinzii.

      Susceptible organisms include, but are not limited to all species of the Family Micrococcaceae, including but not limited to Staphylococcus spp., including but not limited to S. aureus, S. epidermidis, S. saprophiticus, S. lugdunensis, S. haemolyticus, S. warneri, S. schleiferi and S. intermedius.

      Susceptible organisms include, but are not limited to all species of the Family Trichocomaceae, including but not limited to Aspergillus spp., including but not limited to A. fumigatus, A. flavus, A. amstelodami, A. avenaceus, A. candidus, A. cameus, A. caesiellus, A. clavatus, A. glaucus, A. granulosus, A. nidulans, A. niger, A. oryzae, A. quadrilineatus, A. restrictus, A. sydowi, A. terreus, A. ustus and A. versicolor.

      Susceptible organisms include, but are not limited to all species of the Family Bacillaceae, including but not limited to Bacillus spp., including but not limited to B. anthracis, B. subtilis and B. halodurans and Clostridium spp., including but not limited to C. perfringens, C. tetani, C. difficile and C. botulinum.

      Susceptible organisms include, but are not limited to all species of the Family Chlamydiaceae, including but not limited to Chlamydia spp., including but not limited to C. trachomatis and C. pneumoniae and Chlamydophila spp., including but not limited to C. pneumoniae, C. abortus and C. psittaci.

      Susceptible organisms include, but are not limited to all species of the Family Listeriaceae, including but not limited to Listeria spp., including but not limited to L. monocytogenes, L. innocua and L. ivanovii.

      Susceptible organisms include, but are not limited to all species of the Family Pseudomonadaceae, including but not limited to Pseudomonas aeruginosa.

      Susceptible organisms include, but are not limited to all species of the Family Enterococcaceae, including but not limited to Enterococcus faecalis and Enterococcus faecium.

      Susceptible organisms include, but are not limited to all species of the Family Cardiobacteriaceae, including but not limited to Dichelobacter nodosus.

      Susceptible organisms include, but are not limited to all species of the Family Campylobacteriaceae, including but not limited to Campylobacter jejuni.

      Susceptible organisms include, but are not limited to all species of the Family Aeromonadaceae, including but not limited to Aeromonas hydrophila and Aeromonas salmonicida.

      Susceptible organisms include Helicobacterpylori, Candida albicans and Pneumocystis carinii.”

  • Keith Duhaime

    Get the facts … There has been nothing paid out yet. There’s a little thing called an appeal process yet. And Monsanto has yet to lose an appeal of this nature. Appeals aren’t decided by a panel of jurors of whom a significant number may have failed something as simple as high school chemistry.

    • Denise

      Read the interview with Robert J. Kennedy, Jr. – The Case Against Monsanto- bolenreport.com to clear the fog.

      • Tyson Tschauner

        Denise, I think you are acting a little obsessive, makes me not want to read your [comments].

        • Denise

          “I’m a fan of the truth…even if it’s painfully hard to accept.”- Dan Brown

    • Denise

      Get it from the horse’s mouth…
      bolenreport.com/robert-f-kennedy-jr-the-case-against-monsanto-and-glyphosate/

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