After a recent test uncovered a controversial ingredient in their ice cream, Ben & Jerry’s is under major attack. With over 300 shops nationwide and their ice cream being sold in thousands of grocery stores, the company is now hustling to make some major changes.
The Organic Consumers Association (OCA) discovered glyphosate in 10 out of 11 samples of Ben & Jerry’s ice cream flavors. Glyphosate is the main ingredient in certain weedkillers, including Roundup. This particular pesticide is widely used in agriculture.
While the levels of glyphosate are lower than the legal limit set by the Environmental Protection Agency, it is still potentially harmful. In 2015 the World Health Organization said that it is “probably carcinogenic,” while others believe that there is no scientific data to back that claim.
The biggest controversy, however, is the fact that the company prides themselves on serving high-quality products with eco-friendly practices. The OCA has asked Ben & Jerry’s to stop labeling their ice cream as “natural,” because the company’s dairy cows clearly consume genetically-engineered corn.
Rob Michalak, the Global Director of Social Mission for Ben & Jerry’s, told the New York Times that the company is working to make sure all of their sources do not include genetically-modified organisms.
He said, “We’re working to transition away from G.M.O., as far away as we can get. But then these tests come along, and we need to better understand where the glyphosate they’re finding is coming from. Maybe it’s from something that’s not even in our supply chain, and so we’re missing it.”
While the brand is working on finding solutions, the Organic Consumers Association is urging them to make a dramatic change quickly. If not, they advocate for a boycott.
They said, “It’s time for Ben & Jerry’s to announce it will immediately begin transitioning to 100-percent organic. Otherwise conscious customers have no choice but to launch a national and, if necessary, international campaign and boycott.”
Customers are already taking to social media to display frustration about the misleading information.
What do you think about this? Will you still eat Ben & Jerry’s ice cream knowing that there are potentially harmful ingredients in their products? Do you think they have been mislabeling their brand? Let us know what you think by leaving a comment on Facebook. Did you hear about the major outbreak of salmonella that was caused by fruit? Find out more about it here.